FAIRFIELD — A bevy of changes for the Fairfield-Suisun School District were hashed out Tuesday and a vote could happen as early as Thursday.
Tuesday’s special meeting focused solely on a proposal to alter the makeup of several schools and boundaries over the next four years. District trustees will again discuss the possible changes at a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The meeting drew a large crowd, which trustees were vocally thankful of as they weigh their decision. Several in the crowd spoke about the impacts of the possible changes and how they would affect children.
Laurel Creek would change from a K-5 to a K-8 school. That change would require adding an assistant principal and more classrooms. An estimated $3.1 million to $3.8 million would be spent to add classrooms to Laurel Creek, according to reports. That money would come from developer fees, said Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias.
Sheldon and David A. Weir would move from K-6 to K-8. The Program for Effective Relationships and Learning would be moved to Tolenas in that scenario.
Suisun Elementary would offer transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. A total of 11 transitional kindergartens around the district are included in the plan.
Turning B. Gale Wilson into a sixth- to eighth-grade school and sending the K-5 to Suisun Valley is also an option.
The last major change would be adjusting the boundaries of Armijo and Fairfield high schools. Around 500 students would need to be moved into Fairfield High. In this scenario, no existing students would be shifted as incoming freshmen would be the first affected.
Trustees last discussed the changes Nov. 6 and a fresh list of questions from them was provided at the meeting. Cottingim-Dias addressed several of these as the meeting started. She said K-8 schools provide students with a “deep understanding” of topics rather than switching subjects every 45 minutes. She said it also puts the expectations on the older children to act as role models.
Lindsay Nolte said her family moved to Rancho Solano thinking their children would go to B. Gale Wilson for the long haul and was against the idea of breaking up the grade levels. She also voiced her displeasure with having to drive the extra distance to Suisun Valley, if approved.
“It breaks my heart to have to drive by a perfectly good school. What a shame to have us leaving our attendance area,” Nolte told the board. “It makes no sense to me.”
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