Photos courtesy of Ed Wong and provided by SBHS.

Schools & Education

SBHS holds fourth annual Baler Buckaroo Rodeo

Life Skills students participate in events such as steer roping, bucking barrel, barrel racing, goat tail untying and more.

Virginia Gardner at a Sept. 10 SBHS board meeting. She is one of two parents leading calls for a boycott of the special ed event known as the Baler Buckaroo Rodeo. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Special ed parents vow to boycott Baler Buckaroo Rodeo

They say the person in charge of the event is the aide accused of showing porn to others while students were present.

Parents and educators held signs in silence at the SBHS board meeting on Aug. 14 as speakers spoke of their concerns about alleged incidents in a special ed classroom. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS parents and educators speak out on allegations of inappropriate behavior

Special education leader vows to advocate for students who cannot speak for themselves.

SBHS Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he wanted an opportunity for the district to share with Benitolink as much about the investigation as possible. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS superintendent discusses claims of inappropriate behavior in special ed class

Parents have heard allegations of nude photos, a porn video, foul language and bullying, and school administrators say they can't share what actually occurred.

Hollister School District special education teachers. Photo provided by Hollister School District.

News

HSD Special Education department gears up for new school year

One of the district’s responses to improving special education is by providing staff workshops that are aligned with state mandates to improve instruction and support in the classroom.

Consultant Marilyn Shepherd interviewed teachers, staff and parents to determine what was wrong with HSD's special education program. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Hollister School District noncompliant with state and federal special ed law

Consultant cites leadership problems and offers solutions.