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Cheers, jeers for the week of May 11-17, 2014

By From page A8 | May 17, 2014

Cheers to news that Icon Aircraft is officially moving its headquarters to Vacaville.

The startup aircraft company already has more than 1,000 preorders for its hottest-selling plane – a $139,000 craft that is lightweight, compact, flies at 120 mph, has a range of 300 miles and comes with two weeks of training provided by Icon. Even better, Icon leased a 137,940-square-foot building adjacent to Nut Tree Airport, where it is expected to provide 500 jobs.

Icon’s CEO estimates that it will eventually bring $350 million to the area. That number might be high, but even a fraction of that is good news for the region. Solano County now has not only a lot of new jobs, but an aircraft company brings a cachet that’s not available everywhere.

Jeers to the ugly departure of Fairfield High School Principal Tim Halloran, who announced his resignation this week and said it was due to district administrators pressuring and harassing him.

Halloran was blunt in describing his view of the situation at the school and in the district, a view that was disputed by Superintendent Kris Corey.

This much is indisputable: Something is wrong. Whether Halloran’s version or Corey’s version of the situation is correct, one of three high schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District is losing its leader under less-than-good conditions.

Cheers to K.I. Jones Elementary School teacher Michela Ward and fifth-grader Madison Denny, who won the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races at last weekend’s Loop the Lagoon. We’re all for academic excellence – something that regularly happens at K.I. Jones – but we also cheer the pursuit of athletic excellence. A teacher-student combination doing so well is worth a cheer.

Cheers that the Travis School District dismissed without discussion a proposal for a $47,900 contract with a recess consultant.

It was scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting as part of consent calendar, where items are approved without discussion. However, it was as pulled from the agenda and Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak called it “a dead issue.”

That’s good – particularly the part that would have paid $2,000 a day plus travel costs for additional consulting. But jeers that it even got to the point of being on the agenda.


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