Soledad Unified School District

Weekly Newsletter - November 15, 2019

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On Thursday, a decoy falcon (Defenders Falcon) was installed at the Main Street Middle School play field in order to deter other birds from eating the turf seed that is planned to be spread. One of our friends, Phil Franscioni offered to lend us this devise and we took him up on his offer. So keep an eye on the falcon watching over Main Street, it's a neat device.


Students of the Month

As we have mentioned before, our Board takes pride in recognizing students at their regular meetings. On November 13, 2019, our Secondary Principals introduced their student selection to the School Board. They are also invited to the Soledad Rotary Club for introductions and they get to eat a delicious lunch with the Rotarians. Congratulations to all the students!

Employees of the Month

For the Month of October 2019

Congratulations to all Employees of the Month. Every month we feature a school site and invite the Principal to introduce their selected employees to the Board. They receive a "goodie bag" in appreciation for all they do. This month, Main Street was highlighted. In December Frank Ledesma Elementary will be invited.

Employees, don't forget to cast you vote at your site for your Employees of the Month!


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School Board makes special recognition to Members of our MOT Department

So as not to bore with the power outage, we will tell you that when the power was shut-off in Soledad on October 26th, the district had to take immediate action so as not to lose all our food to feed students next Monday. Eric Rodriguez, Maintenance Supervisor, immediately got on the phone and called his staff to come help move all the food from all the schools' cafeterias to large refrigerated trailers to one site. They worked through the weekend and went above and beyond. They left their families to come help out our students. Beth Wilson, CBO along with Vice-President, Javier Galvan, presented them with a Certificate of Recognition and a Starbuck's Card. Recognized were:

Alfredo Valdez

Christian Ibarra

Oscar Martinez

Reynaldo Alcantar

Edgar Hernandez

Jonathan Sanchez

Joaquin Higuera

Daniel Trujillo

Veronica Brown

Troy Correa

Manuel Benabides

Marco Hernandez

Eric Rodriguez

Christian Estrada

The Board of Trustees, Mr. Vanoli, Superintendent and the rest of the staff at SUSD thank you for going above and beyond for... Every Student...Every Day!!!


Soledad is part of a Joint Powers Agreement with a group of school districts whereby they offer CTE courses in 13 Industry Sectors: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Building and Construction Trades, Business and Finance, Education, Child Development and Family Services, Engineering and Architecture, Health Science and Medical Technology, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Information and Communication Technologies, Manufacturing and Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Service, Public Services, Transportation. Our courses meet A-G eligibility for the University of California in different areas. The CTE courses are aligned with CTE content standards encompassing technical and academic skills.

Part of the CTE classes offered at Soledad High School is Ag, Culinary Class, Floristry, and SkillsUSA. The Culinary students prepared a the meals for last night's meeting and the floristry class the decorations. They did a marvelous job. Some of our students addressed the group of Board Member, Superintendents, Principals, and CTE Coordinators. Each district in the JPA take turns in hosting the meetings. Congratulations to all the students and staff for making this possible. Special thanks go to Martha Pantoja, CTE Coordinator at Soledad High School for coordinating the meeting, food, decorations and speakers.

Board Approves CSEA, Chapter 457 Tentative Agreements for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

At their November 13th Board Meeting, the Board also approved CSEA's Tentative Agreement with CSEA, Chapter 457. For more details, go to

to summary of the negotiated salaries for 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 School years.