Tour shows $5.1M Armijo High building

By From page A3 | March 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Eric Tretten, principal of Armijo High School, and Sharon Bacinett, a member of the Citizens Oversight Committee, pointed to a skylight during a tour Wednesday of the new $5.1 million Administration and Counseling building at the school.

Fairfield-Suisun School District officials hope to have Armijo High staff in the new building by the end of the school year. Measure C funds paid for the building. The citizens panel oversees spending of the money.

Voters in Fairfield and Suisun City in March 2002 approved Measure C, a $100 million facilities bond for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. The district used the local bond to land a match from the state to double the money, which was used to build new schools, modernize others and complete a long list of projects, including the administration building at Armijo.

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


Note: Updates to correct cost of building in earlier version.

Ryan McCarthy


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  • mescMarch 20, 2014 - 8:28 am

    ""Administration and Counseling"" I remember when buildings were just buildings and the 3Rs were taught.

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  • LilMarch 20, 2014 - 10:12 am

    It is so nice that administrators got a brand new building. It's great that my tax money is really going to help the students. Oops, I mean the administrators.

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  • Salty DogMarch 20, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Every one this is why i vote no on the school bond's. The money does not get to the classrooms to help the students.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 20, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Salty Dog, you have to be 18 to vote. Stop pushing it and keep being a kid for awhile.

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  • Typical County WorkerMarch 20, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    It helps the children. It will be an area where teachers and administrators can compare notes on the sub-par students and talk about last nights television episodes. I laugh at those who thought that the tax increases were going to the kids.

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  • Rick Wood, Chair, Measure C COCMarch 20, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    OK, you've all had your fun, now get the numbers. Measure C, approved in 2002, was for $100 million in school construction bonds. With interest and matching funds from the state, Measure C built over $200 million in school facilities. All the expenditures, down to the penny, have been overseen by a Citizens' Oversight Committee composed of a cross-section of the community, including taxpayer group representatives. Millions were spent on improvements to Armijo High School and tens of millions to build, rehabilitate, modernize, and replace other schools in the district. It got down to the last of the money, and the school board decided the remaining improvement that would do the district the most good was to continue a master plan for Armijo by relocating the administration building over by the new library. The Citizens Oversight Committee heard a report from the district staff on the project, and taken in the total context of the Measure C projects, we agreed. The administration building was the logical next step in the master plan for Armijo and the logical next priority project for the district.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 20, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    RIck, thank you for that insight. Apparently, it's easier to complain then to do your homework.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 20, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    I hope "Typical County Worker" is actually not one. If so, our county government is in big trouble, and by definition, so are we citizens of Solano County. I have not seen so much uninformed, cliche-ridden, knee-jerk reaction to necessary school district expenditures in a long time. I used to have to worry about it, but not any more. Lol! Lol!

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  • Bill MortimoreMarch 20, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    You ALL need to do your homework people! Read the Audit Requirements under Prop 39. There are NONE! I know, I've been in Superior Court over this issue. Good uck!

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 20, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    That's a little vague, Mr. Mortimore. Can you be more explicit? Also, were you judge, jury, witness, complainant or defendant when you were in superior court on this matter? Enquiring minds want to know.

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  • Rick Wood, Chair, Measure C COCMarch 20, 2014 - 10:15 pm

    There certainly are audit requirements in Prop 39; they are now in the state constitution because Prop 39 was a constitutional amendment. But you also have to look at the legislation that implemented Prop 39 to get a full picture of the requirements. That's in the Education Code.

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  • rlw895March 20, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    If you're reading Prop 39, make sure you've got the one from November 2000! There is more than one, you know.

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  • Typical County WorkerMarch 20, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    To answer your question, yes I am a county worker. And yes we are in trouble, because I am a product of the FFSUSD. So why did Armijo staff need this building which is surrounded by buildings that were made in, I believe the 50s and 60s. (Don't remember the exact date Armijo was moved from the building the courthouse is in, to across the street where it is now). It's ok to teach our children in old dilapidated buildings but we need a 5.1 million dollar building for the teachers and admin. Which also took quite a bit of parking away from the school. Why not use one of the portables from one of the closed schools.

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  • rlw895March 22, 2014 - 1:20 am

    Apparently no amount of answering will satisfy your questioning.

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