Schools & Education

COMMUNITY OPINION: No Vote On Gavilan College Bond

Gavilan College failed to build a satellite campus in downtown Hollister with Measure E funds in 2016. Today, the college is asking property owners to support another bond.

This opinion was contributed by community member John Bessa. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors.

I'll begin by recognizing that Gavilan College provides an educational opportunity for individuals choosing to attend a community college.

In January of 2016, the college was in a favorable position to support local efforts to build a satellite campus on the former Leatherback property, which is close to downtown.  This  plan had strong community support from key stakeholders, the Mayor, students, and educational advocates. Unfortunately the Gavilan administration, along with the college trustees, voted down this proposal.  

Since 2004, property owners have been funding the college with Measure E funds. Over the ensuing years, the amount of bond money paid is considerable (millions). What have we gained, a building site for a potential future college campus at the intersection of Fairview and Ridgemark Drive, along with failed promises. Enough is enough. Today, Gavilan College would like San Benito property owners to assume more debt. Currently, county property owners are supporting three school measures to renovate San Benito High School.

I would encourage a no vote on the current bond proposal by Gavilan College.



John E. Bessa

John E. Bessa Retired Educator My career in education spanned 34 years at Oak Grove High School in San Jose.  I was a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and varsity baseball coach.  I am a San Jose State graduate with a BA in Physical Education and a Minor in History along with a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.