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May 28, 2022

STEAM Expo winners announced

The San Benito County Office of Education's Annual STEAM Expo took place March 16, featuring more than 290 students who entered science and STEAM projects in six different categories.  The Overall Science Project Award winner was Kendyl Gamble, of Aromas Elementary School, says a press...

School Board moves forward with layoffs

Special to the Free Lance The Hollister School Board of Trustees voted to lay off an additional 26 employees on March 10.  Although the board met on March 3 and made the decision to lay off 33 staff members, Superintendent Erika Sanchez showed in her budget...

Hollister schools receive federal funds for internet connectivity

Local elementary and high schools will receive nearly $450,000 in federal funds to help improve internet connectivity and learning opportunities for students at home, according to Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s office. The funds are part of a $14.9 million package for the 20th U.S. Congressional District,...

SBHS students set to return to stage for ‘The Addams Family’

San Benito High School students are getting ready to return to the stage for the first time in nearly two years, with their upcoming production of “The Addams Family.” The cast of 28 talented students have been practicing since early January to prepare the show...

LULAC brings job training program to San Benito

Google and Coursera on March 9 announced a partnership with the local council of the League of United Latin American Citizens to bring more high-tech job training and careers to San Benito County. The San Benito County LULAC Council 2890 has been chosen as one...

School District embraces Restorative Circles model

Courtesy of the Hollister School District  The Hollister School District has embraced the Restorative Circles approach to social-emotional learning with the help of educational consultant Ymasumac Marañón Davis.  Marañón oversees workshops with families and students, along with training for teachers, to assist all stakeholders in dealing...

Apply now for Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

Applications for the 2022 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Awards are now available. Each year the Auxiliary awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a medical or medically oriented career.  The total amount awarded to each recipient will be at the discretion of the...

Principal of new Rancho Santana School reflects on ‘journey’

When the first three staff members initially stepped foot on the new Rancho Santana School campus back in March following its construction, they pondered a simple question:  “Where do we start?” recalled Rancho Santana School Principal Anissa Dizon.  Fast forward to now, and the newest Hollister...

Hollister’s AAA ranked no. 11 in statewide school rankings

The Accelerated Achievement Academy in Hollister has been named the 11th best elementary school in California, according to new rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.  AAA is part of the Hollister School District. The grade 4-8 school neighbors Calaveras School on Buena Vista...

CalMatters: California schools are running out of money

California school districts have two choices: Bite the bullet and make budget cuts now, or delay them and face even more painful decisions. That was the ultimatum Michael Fine, CEO of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, a school finance agency, delivered to district...

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