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January 19, 2021

Election 2020, Gilroy Unified School District: Melissa Aguirre: Make decisions in students’ best interests

Melissa Nicholson Aguirre understands the concerns and frustrations from those on both sides of the Zoom screen. Aguirre is a second grade teacher in the Morgan Hill Unified School District, and the oldest of her two children is in first grade in Gilroy Unified. “I understand...

South Valley Middle School students receive free Chromebooks

The Gilroy Unified School District has accepted a donation of 100 Chromebook laptops from Frontier Communications as gifts to South Valley Middle School students to facilitate participation in distance learning. “We are grateful to Frontier Communications and the California Emerging Technology Fund for the generous...

Election 2020, Gilroy Unified School District: Mark Good seeks fifth term

Mark Good has served on the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Trustees for 16 years and is running for a fifth term, this time for the Trustees Area 2 seat. Experienced and savvy, Good keeps on running because he feels like he can...

Election 2020, Gilroy Unified School District: Nirza Starks sees need to support students

Nirza Starks sees the need for continually supporting children in the educational setting. That’s why she’s running for the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Trustees Area 2 seat.  Starks, 42, has two sons, one of whom is a special-needs student.  “As a parent, you start...

Students struggle to stay connected

A typical day during the week for Diana J. and her son, a fifth-grader at Las Animas Elementary, usually begins with them sitting in front of the computer, gearing up for another day of distance learning. It sounds like a simple enough process, yet, it’s...

Gilroy Unified: Expulsion rate declining

Gilroy Unified School District has made progress in decreasing the number of students expelled over the past decade. But an activist group says that some district policies negatively impact Hispanic and Black students’ education at a disproportionate rate. Members of Gilroy Community Action on Policing...

Gavilan reports Covid-19 case on campus

Gavilan College learned over the weekend that someone who had been working on campus tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the college to do a deep cleaning before it can reopen its doors.   College spokesperson Jan Bernstein-Chargin said they reported the most recent case to Santa...

School begins in Gilroy on Aug. 12

With the first day of school only a day away, Gilroy Unified School District officials worked throughout Aug. 11 to finalize class rosters and schedules under the new distance learning format. Many parents reached out to the school district through social media and other means,...

Gilroy schools will continue distance learning in fall

The Gilroy Unified School District changed course on its reopening plan July 14, and will instead continue with distance learning when the fall semester begins. The district’s board voted unanimously for the plan, which is set to begin Aug. 12. Earlier in July, the district presented...

Gavilan College sticking with distance learning

Gavilan College is now enrolling students for the fall semester but a majority of instruction will take place online. Jan Bernstein Chargin, public information director, said in a press release June 23 that the courses will be taught in a similar way such as the...