Thursday, December 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Travis trustee calls $2,000-a-day for consultant ‘a monstrous payday’

By
May 14, 2014 |

John Dickerson

John Dickerson

FAIRFIELD — A Travis School District trustee said a proposed $47,900 contract for recess consulting that includes a $2,000-a-day, plus expenses, option for additional work seems “outrageously high” for a playground consultant.

“That’s a monstrous payday,” John Dickerson said.

The contract with the Oakland-based nonprofit Playworks includes “recess implementation training,” “consultative visits” and a “coordinated recess system that helps shift the entire school culture.” The pact goes before Travis School District trustees Tuesday.

Consultant visits include recess observations, modeling of games with schoolchildren and a playground assessment.

The contract pays $30,000 for 20 consultant visits with the option for more at $2,000 a day.

“I definitely need a lot more information,” Dickerson said of the agreement. “I’m really going to have to be convinced that this is the right course.”

“I really want to know what we are going to get for $50,000,” he said.

Playworks is a nonprofit public benefit corporation operated for charitable purposes, according to the agreement before trustees. The Bay Area nonprofit recommends that school administration participate in workshops that include seasonal games along with “tips and tricks.”

Participation in workshops will help “sustain methodology long term,” according to the agreement.

Putting the program in place includes designating a parent or staff member at each elementary school as “recess coach.” The school district as part of the agreement agrees to participating in data collection with surveys of students, teachers and others.

Playworks maintains confidentiality of all student data, the agreement states.

Travis trustees meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Drive in Fairfield.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 15 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Tax PayerMay 13, 2014 - 6:14 am

    At least one has common sense. Whoever brought this up should be fired!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 13, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Whoa! I'm raising my fee.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JazzAzzMay 13, 2014 - 7:00 am

    These consultant fees are so M_RONIC. Like they can not find recommendations from their own people. When I was working for the local monopoly phone co. I was in a group out of Concord that just was not functioning correctly, so this room full of consultants was brought in, to the cost of over $100,000. Their outcome, suggestions, everything that the workers there had been saying FOR FREE, but since management never trusts craft they wasted all that money, rates payers money.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • NicksjammaMay 13, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Really??.... Just when you think life in Fairfield has reached a good moment.........NOPE!! psych ......... Just kidding we are still screwed??? Why Fairfield? Why can't we gat past this Pain?..... Oh yeah we make bail affordable! No Bueno!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FedUpMay 13, 2014 - 7:25 am

    The old joke applies: A consultant is someone who takes your wristwatch and tells you what time it is.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Dexter FowlerMay 13, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Just as ridiculous ad the real estate consultants FFUSD hires.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • O_OMay 13, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Hey, they gotta make a return on their investment.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • B. ThiemerMay 13, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    I would like to know who withn the district proposed this expenditure, and if they have any relationship (financial or otherwise) with the consultantant group.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalMay 13, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Thinking out loud can sometimes be irresponsible.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • clancyMay 13, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Consultants and advisors for RECESS? Really ? I hope our tax dollars are not paying for this. Am I missing something? This is the dumbest thing I have heard in a long time!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FedUpMay 13, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    This proposal is an April Fool's Day prank about a month late, right? Whoever proposed this completely insane idea should be the first to be fired when the schools begin to have to live within their budgets.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • clancyMay 13, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Please daily republic find out more about this and inform your readers.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • clancyMay 13, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    The more I think about this the angrier I get. The disctrict does not want to pay teachers anywhere near what they deserve but waste money on this kind of thing stupid conferences overpaid administrators school district building and furnishings and who knows what else . the kids are not getting an education and the tax payers are being ripped off. I'm surprised I font see more posts here.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895May 13, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    More red meat for the usual commenters, Ryan? What does "a day" include? 8 hours of instruction? If so, this is a bargain, assuming it's instruction you want.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Linda HageyMay 13, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    I have to agree with every comment posted. REALLY??????? You can find tons of "seasonal games and tips and tricks on Pintrest for free! Probably tons of other sites as well! EGADS; I am fuming! My daughter the K-3 Autism teacher (in another district, thank goodness) would be reeling, as am I. Thank you for listening.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Solano College trustees move back ‘home’

    By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Needs of small dog give Solano man life’s mission

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Christmas comes early for prenatal program participants

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Council OKs $65,730 pact to advocate for Travis base

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

    Fairfield pays $42,500 to settle soil suit

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
    Jury convicts teen for role in 2012 DeBartolo’s heist

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

    Cellphone theft in Fairfield prompts police search

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
    Police chief: Suisun crime up 3 percent in 2014

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Police arrest Vacaville man after alleged attack on business owner

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
     
    Fairfield police log: Dec. 16, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Fairfield police log: Dec. 15, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

     
    Suisun City police log: Dec. 16, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Suisun City police log: Dec. 15, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

     
    .

    US / World

    US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

    Freed American endured years of declining health

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Study: Huge wildfire supports need for controlled burns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

     
    Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

     
    Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    .

    Opinion

     
    Crime Witness Protocol 101

    By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A7

    Asia needs to prepare for a possible China crash

    By William Pesek | From Page: A7

     
    Tortured roots of enhanced interrogations

    By Walter Pincus | From Page: A7

    Editorial Cartoons: Dec. 18, 2014

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Living

    Today in History: Dec. 18, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Dec. 18, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Dec. 18, 2014

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

     
    My siblings don’t want to replace abusive mother’s pacemaker

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

    .

    Entertainment

    25 movies chosen for the National Film Registry

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    Saving Private Ryan’ among films being preserved

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Sports

    Carr faces another tough test in rookie season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Falcons cruise by crushers in girls basketball

    By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Baseball monitoring White House Cuba decision

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Track coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Warriors’ Bogut out with knee injury vs. Thunder

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    This date in sports history for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    .

    Business

    McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safety

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    Health care exchange sign-ups exceeding last year

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike; stocks soar

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    .

    Obituaries

    Ernest “Ernie” Moretti

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Jennie Ponce Reyes

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Patricia “Pat” Anne Stringfield-Pierre

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Marian L. “Chicki” Downs

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9