Technology can replace travel, taxpayer rep tells Fairfield-Suisun district

By From page A5 | April 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Technology provides better ways to share information than the travel and conferences costing the Fairfield-Suisun School District more than $500,000 a year, the president of the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group told the school board Thursday.

“Put this on a video or a DVD,” John Takeuchi said. “You can reach a lot of people.”

He said the $616,596 the school district spent last fiscal year on travel and conferences could pay for a lot of teachers and school supplies.

“Find a better way,” Takeuchi said of providing information from conferences.

He said the taxpayers group has not taken a position yet about a possible parcel tax the Fairfield-Suisun district may put on the November ballot. But he said the school district’s travel budget will be discussed if voters are asked to approve a tax.

Takeuchi spoke before trustees approved, without comment, sending 25 teachers and administrators to Seattle for a two-day conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino at a total cost of $30,000. The event is the No Excuses University, described as a network of schools that promotes career and college readiness for all students.

Trustees also approved separate travel to Atlanta, Orlando and the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Fairfield-Suisun School District officials have said the travel involves professional development that “is the anchor of public education.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Rich GiddensApril 10, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    We've been telling these local governing bodies that advice for years now.

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  • Rick WoodApril 11, 2014 - 2:46 am

    I'm glad the board was not lulled by the hope that the taxpayers association might support a parcel tax, or even take a neutral position on it. That seems like a fantasy to me. While Mr. Takeuchi makes a good general point about technology being a good tool for training, it is no substitute for attending a conference, and because the proposed action was about that, it was irrelevant to the decision.

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  • FDCApril 11, 2014 - 6:09 am

    Yeah, Rick. "It [technology] is no substitute for attending a conference...." in a resort casino. After all, spending a small, very small amount of time at work deserves plenty of free eats, free travel, free rooms at a posh hotel/casino, an so forth. Come on, Rick: get real. We live in a world of decreasing resources and we just cannot afford the luxury of awarding junkets to a few fat cats.

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  • The MisterApril 11, 2014 - 6:37 am

    Beam me up!

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  • S KApril 11, 2014 - 7:47 am

    And remember to vote, NO>>NO>>NO, on the Parcel tax and ANYMORE tax increases. The M_ROOOOOONS want to continue throwing good money out after bad, junkets and such. Anyone voting for this, owners OR renters (Since rents will also INCREASE), have their heads buried in the sand. Tell anyone and everyone you know to VOTE NO on school administrators or anyone wanting to steal more money out of our pockets, tries to put his on the ballot!!!! And remember that if passed, there will be nowhere but UP, UP, UP, for that tax to go. A politician, Government official, at any level has never seen a tax that they do not LOVE.

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