Frequently Asked Questions
How is Hollister High School doing?
I’ve heard our local high school is overcrowded. What are the details?
What is needed to continue supporting safety and high-quality education for all students?
SBHSD is pursuing all available funding opportunities for a second high school that would relieve overcrowding at Hollister High, and provide access to career pathways and job skills for all students.
How will students benefit from a second high school, if funding is secured?
- Provide all local high school students access to high-quality education by relieving overcrowding
- Ensure a high-quality education with facilities that teach skills for college and career readiness
- Build classrooms and labs for math, science, engineering, technology and core academics
- Offer local high school students classes and access to hands-on learning programs partnered with Gavilan College that include credit toward college or a job credential
- Provide specialized learning facilities for students with disabilities
How would a second local high school be funded?
Could the State take away any potential bond funds?
Could SBHSD obtain State matching funds for a new high school?
Would developers pay their fair share for the high school?
If approved by voters, how can taxpayers be sure bond funds will be used as promised?
- A detailed project list indicating projects that may be funded by the potential measure
- A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits
- All funds must remain under local control and only support San Benito High School District
- No funds could be taken away by the State or used for other purposes
- Public disclosures of all spending would be required
- No funds would be used for administrator salaries or benefits
Does SBHSD have a strong fiscal track record?
I don’t have children attending local schools. How does this impact me?
Has there been community input?
How much would potential school bond measures cost taxpayers?
What is the difference between assessed value and market value?
The assessed value of a property is based on the original purchase price and may not increase by more than 2% a year, while market value tends to grow at a much faster rate based on market conditions. Thus, assessed value is usually much lower than the market value, especially if a property was purchased many years ago at a much lower price than it could be purchased for today. It is this lower assessed value upon which the cost of a bond measure is based.
Didn’t we already pass a measure to fund our schools?
While past bond measures have made impactful changes to our 1895 local high school, improving student learning, student safety and job and college readiness, those funds did not generate enough local funding to add a new high school, which is currently needed.
What is the current enrollment and capacity of Hollister High School?