Superintendent Diego Ochoa said as a Spanish speaker he could be a familiar voice to convince people to take part in the 2020 Census. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

HSD Superintendent Ochoa gets pushback on working with 2020 Census

Two trustees object to his wish to volunteer for a city and county effort to maximize turnout.

San Juan School. File photo.

Education

Aromas, San Juan schools let out early

Gas leak and power outage on the first day of school.

Attendees tour the new classroom after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education

Chamberlain’s opens new classroom

Keith Thompson Non-Public School serves students with complex needs.

SBHS Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he wanted an opportunity for the district to share with Benitolink as much about the investigation as possible. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS superintendent discusses claims of inappropriate behavior in special ed class

Parents have heard allegations of nude photos, a porn video, foul language and bullying, and school administrators say they can't share what actually occurred.

Professors and teaching assistants introduce students to 8th grade algebra. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Ten years of algebra excellence

Middle schoolers learn from professors and develop teamwork skills at weeklong Algebra Academy.

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick, along with principals (left to right) Diana Herbst, Scott Wilbur and Ken Woods, told Hollister School District trustees that school resource officers are part of a team that builds relationships. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

Principals give high grades to school resource officers

Specially trained Hollister police serve as educators, counselors and mentors to students at several schools.

Hollister School District special education teachers. Photo provided by Hollister School District.

Education

HSD Special Education department gears up for new school year

One of the district’s responses to improving special education is by providing staff workshops that are aligned with state mandates to improve instruction and support in the classroom.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education

Hollister School District adopts cell phone policy change

New policy requires students to turn off their devices and put them away (and out of sight) for the day.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education

Gavilan College alumnus recalls college days out at airport

A 1967 graduate shares his experience.

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Local Politics

San Benito County to contract for a feasibility study on new library

Supervisors direct librarian to fund it from existing budget.

SBHS communications officer Adam Breen said communication has to be transparent, no matter if the message is good or bad. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS aims to close communication gap

Communications officer utilizes social media, newsletters and website to keep students and public informed.

Students came to thank dance instructor Kathia Herrera (center) at the end of summer assembly. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Education

Educators reflect on Migrant Summer School program

Students close out the session with a dance performance.

Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old with fragile x syndrome, has blossomed since starting work with Growing Hearts Garden Center. Photo provided by Chris Evans.

Nonprofits

Growing Hearts one at a time

Hollister nonprofit is helping Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old resident with fragile X syndrome, develop both personally and professionally.

Coalition for a New Library co-chair Susan Logue at the July 13 meeting. Photo by Heather Graham.

Education

Community group seeks support for a new county library

Coalition preparing to request funds for feasibility study.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education

Principal chosen for Maze Middle School

The Hollister School District announces the appointment of Diana Herbst (Principal) and Emma Veltri (Assistant Principal) for Maze Middle School.