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New Superintendent Brings 40 Years of Experience to Aromas-San Juan

On Aug. 26, the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District Board of Trustees announced that Barbara Dill-Varga had been offered the position of interim superintendent.

(Sept. 13, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
New San Juan School Principal to Tackle Teacher Shortage, student Well-Being

Ethan Stocks, appointed this summer by the San Juan Aromas School District as the new principal of San Juan School in San Juan Bautista, talks to BenitoLink about his new position.

(Sept. 6, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report

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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 …

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International Day of Democracy

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres defends "the cornerstone of democratic societies—free, independent, and pluralistic media.”

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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 …

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New California Law Aims to End Public Meeting Disruptions

A wave of public government meeting disruptions by right-wing groups often inspired by Donald Trump has inspired a new law designed to help officials restore order to the process of running local government.

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Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness: What Are the Haters Saying?

Critics of Joe Biden's student debt relief plan say that it causes inflation and is unfair to blue-collar workers. Do they have a point? Here's what the facts say about it.

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Biden’s Student Debt Relief Plan: Here’s How it Works

President Joe Biden announced a plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student debt for each borrower. Here are the details on who is eligible and how the plan works.

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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 …

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Is the University of California Requiring a Diversity Oath?

The University of California is requiring candidates for faculty employment or promotion to write statements declaring their active support for diversity policies, but some see it as impinging on academic freedom.

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County Education welcomes new administrators

For the 2022-23 school year, San Benito County Office of Education welcomes four new administrators to the team, including two directors, an Alternative Education Principal and a coordinator.  The addition of the new staff members will allow SBCOE to expand …

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Cal State’s Black Students Fall Behind; Poor Data Obscures Crisis

The way the Cal State system presents graduation rates obscures how the system is failing its Black students.

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