In 2016, voters approved a $60 million bond for the San Benito High School. Now trustees want another $30 million. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Sticker Shock: One school bond too far?

San Benito County homeowners continue to see their taxes rise because of local school bonds and fees. Some longtime residents say they are considering moving to other states.

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Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

HPD donates surplus vehicles to SBHS auto program

The addition of two 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police cars offer more opportunities for students to learn and improve their automobile diagnosis and repair skills.

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Photo courtesy of San Benito High School.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School receives grant to reduce campus waste

Funds will be used to help purchase reusable trays for the campus cafeteria to replace the use of paper plates for food distribution.

HSD Trustee Area Map #6. Map courtesy of Hollister School District.

Education / Schools

HSD board selects map for trustee area elections

New boundaries would enable current board members to run again for the same seats.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD to hold hearing on trustee area map plans

School district moving from at-large to by-trustee area election system to avoid litigation.

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HSD Trustees at the Nov. 21 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rancho Santana School. The school is expected to open in early 2021. Photos by Heather Graham.

Education / Schools

Groundbreaking at new Rancho Santana School

Facilities expected to open in 2021.

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San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

SBHS trustees to place $30 million bond on March ballot

Fifty-five percent voter approval will be required to pass.

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Gavilan students Cristal Nunez Sedano, Stephanie Perez and Sara Bowman raising funds for the Community FoodBank outside the Briggs Building in Hollister. Photos provided by Shaina Garcia.

Education / Schools

Gavilan students raise money for Community FoodBank

Proceeds from the campaign are donated to the food bank in order to stock up on bulk items.

Keith Thorbahn, the new assistant superintendent of education services with the San Benito County Office of Education. Photo Courtesy of Keith Thorbahn.

Education / Schools

County Office of Education gets new assistant superintendent

Keith Thorbahn has a background in agricultural education.

Virginia Gardner at a Sept. 10 SBHS board meeting. She is one of two parents leading calls for a boycott of the special ed event known as the Baler Buckaroo Rodeo. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Special ed parents vow to boycott Baler Buckaroo Rodeo

They say the person in charge of the event is the aide accused of showing porn to others while students were present.

Teacher Teresa Stevens and student Kayla Gonzalez at an October student-teacher lunch at Maze Middle School. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Student-teacher lunches provide positive feedback at Maze Middle School

Students are recognized for being valuable classroom participants.

The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister, where Gavilan College offers courses. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Measure X committee meets in Hollister

Talk focuses on proposed Gavilan College campus in San Benito County.

San Benito High School will compete against Independence High School, Christopher, Gilroy, Sobrato and more in the school's first "Battle of the Bands." Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS to host first Battle of the Bands at new stadium

San Benito High School, Independence, Christopher, Gilroy, Sobrato, Live Oak, Salinas, Fremont and Sunnyvale will participate in the competition.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Gabriel Moulaison told the HSD Board of Trustees that the school has collected $3.1 million in fees so far this year. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

HSD trustees receive report on developer fees

Revenues are at $3.1 million so far this year.