The Hollister School District is seeking community members to sit on the Superintendent's Advisory Committee, which has five of its 10 seats available. Board President, Elizabeth Martinez, requested at the March 22 meeting that at least one parent of a student in the district be on the committee. All recommendations are to be sent to the Superintendent's Assistant, Jesus Romero.
Jennifer Laine, executive director of the San Benito County Arts Council, presented that the council's partnership with the district has logged 234 hours this school year. Thanks to an increase of funding from the district, that's six times the hours from when the partnership originated in 2014-15 school year. Amanda Chiado, Arts Council program director, reports the district's $21,000 in funding for this school year has brought residencies to several schools. Highlights of this year's program are "Creating with Clay" at Rancho San Justo Middle School, "Collaborative Muralism" at Cerra Vista, poetry across the curriculum at R.O. Hardin, and Pre-K art at Sunnyslope and Calaveras schools. The arts council is looking to launch new residencies with the continued partnership with Hollister School District.
At the Feb. 23 board meeting, Dr. Dennis Kurtz, assistant superintendent, presented the first reading of a board policy regarding notification to visitors to district schools. It includes requesting visits to be scheduled, no more than two visits of no more than 30 minutes per grading period, visitors may be escorted to and from the classroom for safety and security by the principal or a designee, younger siblings are not permitted to scheduled classroom visits, and visitors are reminded that recording devices or pictures may not be taken without teacher permission.
After questions and concerns were presented, the board asked that proposed rules be brought back for a second reading. At the board's March 22 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Gary McIntire informed the board that the second reading was not yet ready, so it would be discussed at a future meeting.
The board voted unanimously on March 22 on a policy to promote a positive school climate. The "Belief Statement" is a guide for students and staff emphasizing fairness, respect, awareness, and — above all — never giving up.
Editor's Note: Bri Tavares is on the Measure M Citizen's Oversight Committee and daughter of San Benito High School District Board of Trustees President Ray Rodriguez.