Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, California

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Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
Solano County, California
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Kris Corey
Enrollment:21,574 students
Graduation rate:89.5%[1]
Number of schools:32
Budget: $149.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:David C. Isom
Board members:7
Term length:4

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is a school district in California that served 21,574 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 66th-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is located in Solano County, California.

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is located in Solano County, California. The county seat of Solano County is Fairfield. Solano County was home to 424,788 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]

Demographics

Solano County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.2 percent of Solano County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Solano County was $69,006 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Solano County was 11.9 percent compared to 15.3 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Solano County (%) California (%)
White 60.7 73.5
Black or African American 14.9 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.7
Asian 15.4 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.5
Two or more race 6.7 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 25.2 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Solano County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 96,783 52,092
2008 102,095 56,035
2004 85,096 62,301

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Superintendent

Kris Corey is the superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. She has served in the position since 2013. Corey earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and her master's degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. A single mother, Corey has three children.[6]

School board

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic trustee areas.[7]

Fairfield-Suisun Unified Board of Trustees
Member Trustee Area Term Ends
David C. Isom 7 2014
Judi Honeychurch 3 2016
Pat Shamansky 2 2016
Dave Gaut 2 2014
John Silva 6 2016
Kathy Marianno 1 2016
Perry W. Polk 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Board of Trustees are elected by trustee areas to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and four seats will be up for election in 2016.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified Board of Trustees maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

In order to conduct district business in an orderly and efficient manner, the Board requires that public presentations to the Board comply with the following procedures:

1. Items on the Agenda

Members of the public may address the Governing Board on any item on the agenda after the staff presentation and questions by the Board members but before Board members discuss the item among themselves.

Individual speakers shall be allowed three minutes each to address the Board on items on the agenda. Where there are several speakers wishing to address the Board on one item, the Board President may order that time allotted individual presentations be reduced. Where there are five or more members of the public sharing the same position, those people will be encouraged to designate a spokesperson and to stand together to indicate their support of the position. After 10:00 p.m., all public comment shall be limited to two minutes or less. (Government Code 54954. 3)

2. Items Not on the Agenda, but Within Jurisdiction of the Board

At a time so designated on the agenda, members of the public may bring before the Board, at a regular meeting, matters that are not listed on the agenda. The Board may refer such a matter to the Superintendent or designee or take it under advisement, but shall not take action at that time except as allowed by law. The matter may be placed on the agenda of a subsequent meeting for action or discussion by the Board. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 54954.2)

(cf. 9323.2 - Actions by the Board)

a. Without taking action, Board members or district staff members may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed by the public about items not appearing on the agenda. Additionally, on their own initiative or in response to questions posed by the public, a Board or staff member may ask a question

for clarification, make a brief announcement, or make a brief report on his/her own activities. Furthermore, the Board or a Board member may provide a reference to staff or other resources for factual information, ask staff to report back to the Board at a subsequent meeting concerning any matter, or take action directing staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda. (Government Code 54954.2)

b. The Board need not allow the public to speak on any item that has already been considered by a committee composed exclusively of Board members at a public meeting where the public had the opportunity to address the committee on that item. However, if the Board determines that the item has been substantially changed since the committee heard it, the Board shall provide an opportunity for the public to speak. (Government Code 54954.3)

(cf. 9130 - Board Committees)

c. The maximum time allocated for public testimony on items not on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Board shall be 30 minutes. When the time has expired, public testimony shall then cease. A majority vote of the Board can extend the period of testimony once to a time specific. Those individuals who have submitted a request to speak form prior to the Public Communication section of the agenda and were unable to address the Board within the designated time, may comment after all items on the agenda have been addressed.

A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the Board clerk or designee in the order that the request to speak was received, and shall then proceed to comment as briefly as the subject permits.

Individual speakers shall be allowed three minutes each to address the Board on items not on the agenda. Where there are several speakers wishing to address the Board on one item, the Board President may order that time allotted individual presentations be reduced. Where there are five or more members of the public sharing the same position, those people will be encouraged to designate a spokesperson and to stand together to indicate their support of the position. (Government Code 54594. 3)

d. The Board president or clerk may rule on the appropriateness of a topic. If the topic would be more suitably addressed at a later time, the president may indicate the time and place when it should be presented

3. The Board shall not prohibit public criticism of its policies, procedures, programs, services, acts or omissions. The Board will not act on any oral presentation that includes charges or complaints against any employee of the Board, including the Superintendent, regardless of whether or not the employee is identified in any way. Only complaints in writing will be processed. All such charges or complaints against employees must comply with Board policy and regulations regarding written employee notification and closed sessions of the Board. (Government Code 54954.3)

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

Whenever a member of the public initiates specific complaints or charges against an employee, the Board president shall inform the complainant that in order to protect the employee's right to adequate notice before a hearing of such complaints and charges, and also to preserve the ability of the Board to legally consider the complaints or charges in any subsequent evaluation of the employee, it is the policy of the Board to hear such complaints or charges in closed session unless otherwise requested by the employee pursuant to Government Code 54957. The Board president shall also encourage the complainant to file a complaint using the appropriate district complaint procedure.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

4. The Board president shall not permit any disturbance or willful interruption of Board meetings. Persistent disruption by an individual or group shall be grounds for the president to terminate the privilege of addressing the Board.

The Board president may have disruptive individuals removed and order the room cleared if necessary. In this case, members of the media not participating in the disturbance shall be allowed to remain, and individuals not participating in such disturbances may be allowed to remain at the discretion of the Board. When the room is ordered cleared due to a disturbance, further Board proceedings shall concern only matters appearing on the agenda. (Government Code 54957.9)

(cf. 9324 - Board Minutes and Recordings)[8]

—Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District website, (2014), [9]

Budget

The table below displays the budget Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2009-2010 $137,665,181 85.8% $6,939,483 4.3% $12,471,538 7.8% $0 0% $3,369,857 2.1% $160,446,060
2010-2011 $128,530,735 85.2% $5,368,825 3.6% $12,647,378 8.4% $0 0% $4,383,601 2.9% $150,930,538
2011-2012 $129,303,922 86.9% $4,431,123 3% $11,421,828 7.7% $0 0% $3,697,065 2.5% $148,853,938
2012-2013 $128,399,910 85.9% $5,925,031 4% $11,512,654 7.7% $0 0% $3,720,863 2.5% $149,558,458
Averages: $130,974,937 86% $5,666,115.5 4% $12,013,349.5 8% $0 0% $3,792,846.5 2% $152,447,248.5

Teacher salaries

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District employed 913 teachers in the 2011-2012 school year.[11] Teacher salary schedules are categorized by higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn a higher salary by pursuing graduate courses and gaining raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The table below shows the salary schedule for teachers in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,111 49,454
B.A. + 15 48,112 53,315
B.A. + 30 48,113 57,180
B.A. + 45 or M.A. + 5 48,116 66,435
B.A. + 60 or M.A. + 20 48,712 68,499
B.A. + 75 or M.A. 35 48,712 81,377

Schools in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District

Enrollment

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District served 21,574 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district decreased by 1.8 percent from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 21,972 -
2010-2011 21,534 -1.2
2011-2012 21,577 0.2
2012-2013 21,400 -0.8
2013-2014 21,574 0.8

District schools

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District operates 32 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
School Name
Anna Kyle Elementary School
Armijo High School
B. Gale Wilson K-8 School
Cleo Gordon Elementary School
Cordelia Hills Elementary School
Crescent Elementary School
Crystal Middle School
Dan O. Root Elementary School
David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy
Dover Bridge to Success
Fairfield High School
Fairfield-Suisun Adult School
Fairfield-Suisun Independent Study Program
Fairfield-Suisun Public Safety Academy
Fairfield-Suisun State Preschool Programs
Fairview Elementary School
Grange Middle School
Green Valley Middle School
H. Glenn Richardson Educational Complex
K.I. Jones Elementary School
Laurel Creek Elementary School
Matt Garcia Learning Center
Nelda Mundy Elementary School
Oakbrook Elementary School
Rodriguez High School
Rolling Hills Elementary School
Sem Yeto High School
Sem Yeto Satellite
Sheldon Academy of Innovative Learning
Suisun Elementary School
Suisun Valley K-8 School
Tolenas Elementary School

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment and the California Alternate Performance Assessment, measures student achievement in grades two through 11 for California's academic content standards. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades two through 11, science in grades five and eight through 11 and history and social science in grades eight, 10 and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five STAR performance benchmarks to indicate a student's academic proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards. The table below shows the percentage of students in the district who scored proficient or advanced during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District (%) State average (%)
English-Language Arts 56 55
Mathematics 51 50
Science 56 59
History and Social Science 47 49

Contact information

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Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
2490 Hilborn Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
Phone: 707-399-5000

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