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January 17, 2022

Looking ahead to Class of 2021 graduation

The buzz of graduation season is in the air as San Benito County high schools prepare for their upcoming commencements that will start to take place this week.   The San Benito High Class of 2021 participated in graduation practice on June 2 to get a...

County office of education honors employees of the year

The San Benito County Office of Education honored its Classified and Certificated Employees of the Year in an online ceremony May 26. This year’s awards were particularly well deserved as the awardees overcame unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to...

Diego Ochoa to step down at Hollister School District

The Hollister School District announced that Superintendent Diego Ochoa is stepping down from his position at the end of June.  He is expected to submit his resignation to the board of trustees, according to a press release issued by school officials on May 19. Ochoa...

San Benito High makes the grade yet again

For the third straight year, San Benito High School has made the Best High Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report.  “It’s a great story of consistency and student achievement,” SBHS Principal Adrian Ramirez said. “To be recognized constantly over this three-year period is...

What 3-foot social distance means for return to California schools

New state and federal Covid safety guidelines that reduce the recommended minimum distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet should make it easier for California schools to return students to classrooms full time, but most districts are not likely to make the...

County Board of Ed. to appoint new member

Patricia Ward has resigned from the San Benito County Board of Education after serving for 43 years, and officials are preparing to appoint a new board member to replace her. Anyone who lives in County Office of Education District 5 can apply for the appointed...

What to know about California’s plan to reopen schools

By Jill Cowan, The New York Times Almost exactly a year ago, on March 7, 2020, officials in the Elk Grove Unified School District—Northern California’s largest—announced that schools would close for a week in response to concerns that the novel, unknown coronavirus could spread like...

SB High student gives back to the community

San Benito High junior Beatriz Ocampo-Dizon has always enjoyed baking sweets in the kitchen since she was a child, slowly building a passion for it without realizing it.  The 17-year-old Hollister resident has now taken those baking skills and started her own company, B.D. Treats,...

Strength in numbers

Faith Fernandez ran for class president when she was in the fifth grade, the first time she got a taste of what it was like to serve and give back to her community.  Since then, she’s been figuring out ways to help out whether it...

County office of ed. offers tech training

It comes as no surprise nowadays that some children can be a bit more tech savvy than adults, especially when it comes to operating smartphones and tablets.   However, those same youngsters and adults also tend to run into some trouble whenever it comes to educational...