Schools & Education

Hollister School District celebrates opening of modernized R.O. Hardin campus, new buildings at HDLA

Work was funded by Measure M bond approved by voters in November 2014

Along with parents, students, teachers, board members, community officials, administrators, and construction crews, the Hollister School District recently celebrated the completion of two Measure M projects: the modernization of the R.O. Hardin campus and new building construction at Hollister Dual Language Academy.

Principal Elena Hatchett opened the ribbon-cutting ceremony at R.O. Hardin with, “Between the approval of Measure M, the teamwork of all HSD departments and the R.O. Hardin staff, we were able to revitalize our neighborhood with a beautiful school.”

Measure M is a $28.5 million facilities bond approved by the voters in November 2014 that includes the projects at R.O. Hardin and Hollister Dual Language Academy. During both ribbon-cutting ceremonies, Board President Elizabeth Martinez thanked the community for trusting the school district to deliver the promised facilities improvements and recognized the collaborative effort necessary, saying, “As a community we came together to support Measure M. Together we can meet the needs throughout the district.”

Built in 1948, R.O. Hardin is the oldest school in Hollister School District. The R.O. Hardin project included complete modernization of original buildings that included Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades, new restrooms, new interior and exterior energy efficient lights, windows and roofing systems, new fire alarm system, upgraded technology infrastructure, and improved safety and security. The project cost approximately $4 million and was completed three months ahead of schedule.

Improvements at Hollister Dual Language Academy included the construction of a new administration building, new restrooms, new exterior energy efficient lights, new fire alarm system, upgraded technology infrastructure, and improved safety and security. Hollister Dual Language Academy was established in 2007 and has grown exponentially in enrollment prompting the need for additional buildings and facilities. The project cost approximately $3.5 million and was completed on schedule.

Principal Monique Ruiz stated, “By supporting the expansion of HDLA, the district and Board of Trustees responded to the community's interest and desire for access to a dual language education for their children. HDLA families and staff are so grateful. The work of the facilities team has truly given us a beautiful school.”

Many hands contributed to the success of both of these projects, district officials say. Leading the effort for the district was Director of Facilities John J. Teliha and his staff; JR Rayas, director of technology and his staff; and Damon Felice of Felice Consulting Services. The district also recognized IBI Group Architecture and Planning, Bruce Tyson-Flyn, the inspector of record, Otto Construction, and Ausonio Inc. "for their dedication to the project and commitment to provide the very best for Hollister students."

For more information about Measure M projects or the district's new Measure V facilities bond effort, visit the Hollister School District website at hesd.org or call (831) 630-6300.

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