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May 31, 2023

Gilroy school custodian named finalist in national competition

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Rigo Bedolla works the late shift at Las Animas Elementary School, deep cleaning more than 30 classrooms and bathrooms nightly to make sure they shine and are ready to welcome hundreds of students the next morning. When school officials called him in earlier than usual...

Mediation continues in teacher contract talks

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After two meetings with a state mediator, the school district and the teachers union have yet to reach an agreement. The Gilroy Unified School District and Gilroy Teachers Association declared an impasse in contract negotiations Feb. 11, and requested mediation from the Public Employment Relations...

GECA student named semifinalist for national scholarship

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Marisol Cruz Velasco, a self-described “people person,” enjoys helping others work through whatever struggles they may be facing. The Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy senior shares her expertise in linguistics in a variety of ways. Fluent in Spanish, English and Japanese, and currently...

Teacher contract negotiations at an impasse

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School district officials and teachers have declared an impasse in their contract talks, following months of negotiations that did not yield an agreement. After the two sides met on Feb. 11, the Gilroy Unified School District and Gilroy Teachers Association decided to request mediation from...

Gilroy FFA finishes strong in competition

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On Jan. 29, 15 Gilroy FFA members traveled to San Benito High School to compete against five other schools at the annual sectional Super Saturday LDE competition.  Through Leadership Development Events, participating FFA members in grades 9 to 12 are challenged to develop critical thinking...

State not likely to lift school mask mandate until March

While California K-12 students will still be required to wear masks once the state's indoor mask mandate ends this week, one of the state’s top health officials said Monday that a decision on in-school mask requirements could be made by the end of the...

Gilroy schools to remain open amid Covid surge

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Gilroy schools are required to stay open for in-person instruction, even as high Covid-19 case numbers are keeping many students home and causing classrooms to be short-staffed, district officials say. Despite this, Gilroy Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Flores said the district agrees with county...

Christopher High junior selected to attend national college conference

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Angelina Begines has had her mind set on college for as long as she can remember, not only wanting to make her family proud but also as a way to thank her immigrant grandparents for making the difficult decision to arrive in the United...

Gilroy FFA sees success at competition

Eighteen Gilroy FFA members traveled to Westmont High School in Campbell on Nov. 19 to compete against five other schools at the annual Best Informed Greenhand and Cooperative Marketing competition. The Marketing event seeks to effectively prepare the students with the practices and operations of...

Council OK’s funding for school officer program

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A majority of the Gilroy City Council on Nov. 15 agreed to fund a program that will allow police officers to return to local schools shortly. The council voted 5-2 to approve paying half of the $483,383 cost for the school resource officer program in...