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December 7, 2022

HSD Special Education Director strives for continued gains

Dr. Gabriel Gutiérrez brings a wealth of experience to his new role this year as Interim Director of Special Education for the Hollister School District.  Gutiérrez was a school psychologist in the district last year. In August, he was appointed to the interim director role. Prior...

New HSD Chief Business Officer drawn to ‘team mentality’

Elizabeth Wilson has overseen finances in school districts of varying sizes for over 23 years, ranging from 27 students to 25,000 students. Before working in schools, Wilson worked as an auditor for a public accounting firm. “By and large, most of my districts have been...

Teacher arrested for inappropriate communications with student

A Hollister resident who teaches at a middle school in San Jose has been arrested on suspicion of having inappropriate sexual communications via social media with a student, police said Sept. 29. Trae Devonte Owens, 29, a teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School, is accused...

Gavilan College dedicates new bridge to longtime faculty member

gavilan college susan dodd crossing bridge
Susan Dodd cemented her legacy in Gavilan College lore long ago, but now, it can be seen in the most literal sense. A new concrete-and-steel pedestrian bridge that spans over the college’s main road, connecting the central Gilroy campus to its athletics facilities, was celebrated...

Hollister schools receive donation from Target

Students and teachers had big smiles on their faces as they perused boxes of supplies at Hollister School District sites last week.  That’s because they were picking from donated supplies ranging from backpacks and binders to calculators and pencils. The Hollister School District recently received...

Myers embraces support focus in district role

Seven years into her education career, Dr. Colleen Myers took on a role as a resource teacher at Cerra Vista Elementary School in Hollister. The position, a perfect fit for Myers at the time, opened her eyes to a future in administration.  “That’s really where...

Local Scene: Students read millions of words

Between May 1 and July 31, students throughout San Benito County read 4,958,447 words and 7,724 books, County Superintendent of Schools Krystal Lomanto announced earlier this week. The results are part of the San Benito County Office of Education's 2022 Summer Reading Challenge.  Also during...

Calaveras/AAA celebrate ‘homecoming’ on first day of school

The first day of the new school year Aug. 17 at Calaveras Elementary and Accelerated Achievement Academy went exactly as the schools’ principals expected: full of joy, excitement and sense of community that the 700-student campus is known for. Starting at about 7:45am—as soon as...

Deputy joins Spring Grove as School Resource Officer

San Benito County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Cedeno began his new role as the Spring Grove School Resource Officer on Aug. 11. The position consists primarily of security and education, and not disciplinary action, according to the sheriff’s office. After the May 24 mass shooting in...

‘School Supply Brigade’ helps local students

Children who attend local schools, and their families, picked up free school supplies Aug. 7 at Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts’ inaugural “School Supply Brigade” at the business’s Hollister location on Industrial Drive. Enterprise Academy partnered with the San Benito County Office of Education...

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