FAIRFIELD — Trustees approved changes Thursday that will alter the makeup of several schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District over the next four years.
The board voted on three different items that will turn some elementary schools to K-8, other schools to sixth to eighth grade and change the boundaries for Armijo and Fairfield high schools. All changes approved by the board will be phased in.
Each vote was a 6-1 decision, with at least one board member voicing a specific concern while saying they were supportive of the changes overall.
Trustee Pat Shamansky voted against establishing K-8 schools at some locations and said she felt the process was done too quickly. Some on the board retorted that Thursday was the third meeting the items were discussed.
“The plans that I see all have a lot of merit,” Shamansky said. “My concern is the urgency in which we are diving into this decision. I know we all see it as a positive, but at the same time, I’m asking you to take a step back.”
Board member Perry Polk voted against moving some children to Suisun Valley Elementary because of traffic concerns on roads he said are already crowded.
Trustee John Silva voted against the high school boundary issue. He said it needed to be addressed, however there wasn’t an urgency to do so.
Laurel Creek will now change from a K-5 to a K-8 school. This will require adding an assistant principal and more classrooms. A discussion on those specifics will take place with the board in the future.
B. Gale Wilson will become a sixth- to eighth-grade school, sending the K-5 group to Suisun Valley. Up to six buildings will need be added to the campus at a cost between $3.1 million to $3.8 million paid for with developer fees. Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias said at least two buildings would have needed to be added without the changes. How many and when those are added will be decided by the board at a later date.
Sheldon and David A. Weir now move from K-6 to K-8. The Program for Effective Relationships and Learning will be moved to Tolenas.
Suisun Elementary will offer transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. A total of 11 transitional kindergartens around the district are included in the plan.
The final change is adjusting the boundaries for Armijo and Fairfield high schools to try to add around 500 students to Fairfield High. These boundaries will be formed at a later date and only incoming freshmen will be affected.
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