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Agendas and Minutes

In January 2015, agendas for VUSD Board Meetings were moved to a new site:

Go to for minutes of meetings in 2014 and earlier.

2018 Meeting Dates

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the ESC Board Room at 6:30 p.m.

  • January 11
  • February 1
  • February 15
  • March 1
  • March 15
  • April 12
  • May 3
  • May 17
  • June 14
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 6
  • September 20
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • December 6 (Organizational Meeting)

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Welcome to the Board of Education

The Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board consists of seven members. School Board elections are held on even-numbered years, with members elected to serve staggered four-year terms.


Basic functions of the Board are to establish the policies by which the schools of the District are to be administered and to select the Superintendent and staff who will implement those policies. The Board shall be responsible for the organization and operation of the District in conformity with the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education, and the laws of the State and Federal Government.


Regularly Scheduled Board Meetings:


Board meetings will be held at the VUSD Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Drive and are generally held the first and third Thursday of each month. During the months of January, February, July, and December there is only one meeting due to school breaks/holidays. Also, during the month of June the meetings will be held on the second and fourth Thursdays. Special meetings are called as needed. Please call the superintendent's Office at 453-6101 to verify meeting dates, times and locations.

Contacting VUSD Board Members

Shawn Windham

- President -

Sherie Mahlberg

- Vice President -

John Jansen

- Clerk -

Shelley Dally

Michael Kitzes

Tracee Stacy

Whit Whitman

Contact the Board Members:

Board Members may be contacted by email or by postal mail:

VUSD Board of Education
401 Nut Tree Road
Vacaville, CA 95687

or by fax at (707) 453-7114


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Superintendent’s Comments/Correspondence

Superintendent Shamieh acknowledged several donations to district sites and thanked the Vacaville Public Education Foundation (VPEF) for funding mini grants to VUSD elementary and secondary schools. Mrs. Shamieh also shared information regarding Vacaville High School’s American Sign Language classes; Will C. Wood Singers’ recent dinner production, “Season of Light”; Vaca Pena Middle School Junior Chorus; Boys and Girls Club grand opening at Jepson Middle School; and honored Donna Suchoski, retiring Staff Secretary in the Superintendent’s office, and Board Member Michael Kitzes, outgoing Board President.


Election of VUSD Governing Board Officers for the term December 7, 2017 – December 6, 2018

Board members were elected as follows:

President: Shawn Windham

Vice President: Sherie Mahlberg

Clerk: John Jansen

Secretary: Jane Shamieh


Staff Reports and Presentations

  • Orchard Elementary School Report: Principal Ken Ratti, along with Orchard students and chorus, provided an overview of the school's many programs and activities. Mr. Ratti also shared attendance, behavior, and academic target areas for the upcoming school year.
  • Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Progress Update: Chief Academic Officer Mark provided an update of the 2017-18 district LCAP.

New Business – the following items were approved by the Board:

  1. Approval of the 2017-18 First Interim Report.
  2. Approval of Submission of Form J-13A, Request for Allowance of Attendance Because of Emergency Conditions, School Closure.
  3. Approval of Submission of Form J-13A, Request for Allowance of Attendance Because of Emergency Conditions, Material Decrease.
  4. Approval of Purchase Order between VUSD and Far West Sales, for the VHS Wood Shop Project.
  5. Approval of Agreement with DSA School Inspectors, Inc. for the Jepson Modernization and VHS Wood Shop Projects.

The Board also discussed the following item under New Business:

  • Nominations for 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate(s).

Closed Session Report Out

President Windham reported that the Board approved the following administrative appointments:


Amanda Hightman as Director of Transportation, and Lynn Benevides as Interim Principal, Browns Valley Elementary School. Browns Valley Principal Jennifer Austin will be replacing Hemlock/ACE Principal Jennifer Buzolich, who has taken a position with the California Department of Education. Congratulations to all, and best wishes to Jennifer Buzolich on her new position with CDE!


Governance Handbook 2017