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May 28, 2022

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 School District makes gains with English learners

The Hollister School District has made significant improvements over the past year with reclassification of English learners and reducing necessary interventions for struggling students.  The district reported eight of 10 schools showed improvements with students moving out of needing academic interventions. Meanwhile, a growing number...

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Gavilan student awarded $20K scholarship  Aileen Romero, Associated Students of Gavilan College Region IV Representative, was accepted to UC Santa Cruz and was awarded the $20,000 Pister Scholarship. The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship was established in 1993 by former UCSC chancellor Karl S. Pister...

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...

Enthusiastic crowds enjoy ‘The Addams Family’

With more than 700 people attending the opening weekend of San Benito High School’s “The Addams Family,” the production has already demonstrated how excited the local community is for live theater to return, the show’s director noted. “The crowds had so much energy, they laughed...

Gavilan student awarded $20K scholarship

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Aileen Romero, Associated Students of Gavilan College Region IV Representative, was accepted to UC Santa Cruz and was awarded the $20,000 Pister Scholarship. The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship was established in 1993 by former UCSC chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for...

Youth Alliance visits Indian Canyon

As part of a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Youth Alliance recently had the opportunity to participate in a visit to Indian Canyon, a ceremonial site for local indigenous people south of Hollister.  Young people were immersed into this space by...

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,...

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...

‘Potential threat’ to school was unfounded, superintendent says

Police were called to Rancho San Justo School Oct. 15 in response to a “potential threat” on campus, but the threat turned out to be unfounded, according to school officials.  “At no point was there a credible threat on campus,” says a statement from Hollister...

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