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OPINION: Community support spurs SBHS modernization

Bond oversight committee says facility upgrades at San Benito High School are "on schedule, within budget, and in compliance"
The foundation for the new Ag/CTE building on the San Benito High School campus was laid last summer. The work is being funded by a bond approved by voters in 2014. File photo.

Dear Staff, Students and Community:

As we approach the end of another school year, San Benito High School District would like to thank the community for its ongoing support of our campus modernization efforts and report to you on the progress of projects made possible by voter support of recent bond measures.

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee’s first annual report — released in March — and a separate, annual audit of bond expenditures, noted that the district is in “full compliance with its responsibilities” regarding Measure G priorities and the committee is “encouraged and confident that (bond-funded campus projects) will finish on schedule, within budget, and in compliance.”

We are grateful for the trust the public has placed in us to steward the funds made available by Measures G and U, which both earned significant support from voters. To that end, the district administration and Board of Trustees are committed to staying true to the bonds’ promise to improve the quality of local education by ensuring that all SBHS students can access modern facilities, classrooms and educational tools.

Using its Facilities Master Plan as a guide, the district has been strategically planning and prioritizing bond-funded projects, including the already-completed modernization and addition of new HVAC systems in classrooms campus-wide, construction of on-campus parking and tennis courts that will be available for community use, and the in-progress vocational education and visual and performing arts buildings.

More classroom modernization is scheduled to be completed on the main campus this summer, including upgrades to our Special Education facilities, and we look forward to opening the doors on the modern, technologically-advanced Career Technical Education (CTE) and VAPA buildings in the coming year.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, we recently offered a 90-minute campus tour to the public to see up-close the progress made by the community’s support and we will continue to open our doors as we strive to offer the best possible learning environment for all students. Please check our website and Facebook page for future tours of the campus and new facilities. 

We are in the midst of an ambitious multi-year effort to modernize the campus and work with the City of Hollister and County of San Benito to make Nash Road pedestrian-friendly and construct a bypass to ensure vehicular traffic will be able to flow freely and unimpeded during school hours.

On behalf of the district administration and Board of Trustees, I would like to invite our constituents to attend meetings of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and our school board to stay informed on the progress of bond-funded projects and see the tangible results of the support and trust the community has provided. 

I also encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have and visit the homepage of our district website for construction updates, to view the facilities master plan and to read the oversight committee’s full report.

For more than a century, San Benito High School has educated generations of students that have gone on to become the leaders of our community and beyond. Please be assured that we are committed to continuing that tradition as we leverage your support to create an even more vibrant, modern, rigorous learning environment that prepares students for success in the 21st Century.

My best,

Shawn Tennenbaum, Interim Superintendent

Public Invited to Community Coffee Time

The San Benito High School District will hold its first "Community Coffee Time" on campus Friday, April 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the main building at 1220 Monterey St. Guests will enjoy coffee and light snacks and get to visit classrooms during a campus tour. (See flyer at right). RSVP is required. Call Dayna Dickison at 831-637-5831, ext. 143 or email her at ddickison1@sbhsd.k12.ca.us.

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