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Gavilan College Announces Finalists for Superintendent/President

Three candidates—Pedro Avila, Claudia Lourido-Habib and Brian Sanders—have been selected as finalists for superintendent/president of the Gavilan Joint Community College District. All three will participate in an open forum on May 18.

(April 28, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
UC System to Cover Tuition for California Residents Who Are Native Americans

The University of California system this fall will begin to pay the tuition for California residents who are Native American. The decision could affect more than 600 students. UC President Michael Drake said the move would “advance critical efforts to expand student diversity and make the University of California more affordable.”

(April 26, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report

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‘Public Interest Media' Funding Bill Advances

SB 911 would provide $50M in public funding for journalism in California. It is heading to the state Senate floor with outside support still tepid.


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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 …


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Gavilan College superintendent finalists to participate in forums

Following a national search, three candidates have been selected as finalists for the position of superintendent/president at Gavilan College. The finalists will participate in open forums at Gavilan College’s Gilroy campus, room Social Sciences 214 (SS 214), 5055 Santa Teresa …


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Who’s missing from California’s community colleges?

California’s community college enrollment plummeted during the pandemic. Here are the stories of some of the students who left.


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A champion school indeed: San Benito High awarded special designation

As San Benito High educators, Casandra Guerrero and Paulette Cobb always have short- and long-term goals in view.  But come Friday, they’re simply going to be cherishing the moment when ESPN and the Special Olympics will be on campus to …


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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 …


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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 …


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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 …


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SBHS superintendent presents plans for second high school

Special to the Free Lance San Benito High School District Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum provided a brief presentation March 7 to the Hollister City Council on early plans to open a second high school. According to Tennenbaum, San Benito High School …


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