On May 7, the Hollister School District Board of Trustees announced the hiring of a new superintendent. Lisa Andrew will take on the new role in July, replacing Gary McIntire, who previously held the role for six years.
Andrew, a resident of Cupertino, applied for the position after she saw there was an opening at the Hollister School District. “It was the only district I applied for,” she said.
She previously held the position as the regional executive director for Partners in School Innovation, a nonprofit organization that helps students who are at low-performing schools succeed regardless of their background.
When asked about the challenges the district faces, Andrew said her biggest challenge is the growth of the population of students.
“It's not so much a challenge as it is an opportunity,” she said. “There are a lot of homes being built and assuming there are children living in those homes, we’re going to have to educate them."
Over the past 26 years in education, Andrew has worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. From there, she moved on to administration, where she was the director of educational services branch of Santa Clara County Office of Education.
BenitoLink asked Andrew how the voter-approved bond measure will be utilized and how she thinks it will impact the district. “We plan to follow the plan the people voted for," she said.
Approved on Nov. 4, 2014, Measure M, authorized the district to upgrade classrooms, fix roofs, and improve campus security. The $28.5 million bond received 61 percent voter approval.
According to a report by Ed Week, California has no class size requirement, Andrew said the quality of education is what matters. “We want the right number of students with the right teacher, " she said.
During her upcoming term as superintendent Andrew said, "I plan on doing a lot of listening and observing.”
Andrew told BenitoLink she is excited for her new role, adding, “It was important to find a district that followed my philosophy and my sense of community.”