Thursday, January 29, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Travis trustee calls $2,000-a-day for consultant ‘a monstrous payday’

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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 [email protected]

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  • Tax PayerMay 13, 2014 - 6:14 am

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

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  • CD BrooksMay 13, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Whoa! I'm raising my fee.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!!

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  • 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.

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  • Dexter FowlerMay 13, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Just as ridiculous ad the real estate consultants FFUSD hires.

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  • O_OMay 13, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Hey, they gotta make a return on their investment.

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  • 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.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 13, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Thinking out loud can sometimes be irresponsible.

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  • 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!!

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  • 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.

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  • clancyMay 13, 2014 - 7:08 pm

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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