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May 28, 2024

Hollister district names superintendent finalist

The Hollister School District has released the name of the sole finalist for the superintendent job.

The district has narrowed its search to current Esparto Union School District Superintendent Diego Ochoa. District officials hope to have Ochoa on board by Feb. 1.

He would succeed interim Superintendent Dr. William Barr and previous permanent Superintendent Dr. Lisa Andrew, who announced her resignation this past summer after two years on the job.

The following is the press statement released by the district:

Hollister School District Board President Stephen Kain is pleased to announce that Diego Ochoa is the sole finalist for the superintendent position. “In my more than thirty years of education, I have never met a more qualified person than Mr. Diego Ochoa for the job of Superintendent of the Hollister School District. I give him my 100% support and I am confident that he will be one of the finest Superintendents the Hollister School District has ever had.”

Mr. Ochoa is an experienced, bilingual superintendent with 20 years of service as a special education teacher, principal and superintendent.

Ochoa states: “I am deeply connected to public education. My wife and I are both educators, as are all of my siblings. As the new superintendent, I will be committed to prioritizing equity and excellence for all students in the Hollister School District. I believe that all children in the Hollister School District can achieve their goals with the collaborative support of teachers, administrators, and staff.”

Ochoa expects to spend his first few months on the job speaking with parents, visiting schools to get to know students, establishing relationships with the San Benito County Office of Education, and meeting every member of the Hollister School District staff. Ochoa plans to bring a focus to two of the district’s greatest areas of need, namely working to improve special education services and improve overall student learning. “My goals as Superintendent will include addressing educational programs and providing strong educational leadership to the district and community.”

The Board retained the Services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a national school executive search firm to assist them in their search. Mr. Ochoa was selected from an outstanding field of 47 candidates.

Ochoa would oversee the nearly 6,000 student district and could begin his role in February 2019. His contract is set for three years with a $209,000 annual salary.

During the four-month superintendent search process, the Hollister School District gathered input from more than two hundred community members regarding the qualities they’d like to see in the next superintendent. Those qualities include collaborative leadership, knowledge of special education, a commitment to staying in Hollister, and cultural competence. Ochoa said, “I chose to apply to the Hollister School District because the goals of the district align with who I am as a leader.”

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