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February 20, 2024

Hollister district to review campus traffic issues, new school names

Hollister School District trustees Tuesday will hear a report on issues with school pickups and dropoffs at various schools along with the naming of the new school on Fairview Road.

The board’s open meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hollister School District office, 2690 Cienega Road, Hollister.

Among the items on the agenda, the board will hear a presentation on the congestion at Gabilan Hills/Hollister Dual Language Academy, Calaveras/Accelerated Achievement Academy, R.O. Hardin/Hollister Prep and Marguerite Maze Middle School.

There have been increasing complaints about dangerous habits from parents driving students to and from those schools.

Additionally, the school board will see results of an online survey requesting name ideas for the new school near the Santana Ranch development on Fairview Road.

The district put together an advisory committee to handle the naming process. As part of that process, the district recently conducted an online survey to choose the site’s name and mascot.

According to the survey results being presented Tuesday, 31 residents voted for Santana Elementary as the No. 1 choice followed by Fairview Elementary (17 votes), Cindy Lubke Elementary (12 votes), Erma A. Pivetti Elementary (8 votes), Hollister Hills Elementary (4), Julian Flores Elementary (3), Pinnacles Elementary (3), William Welles Elementary (3) and Cesar Chavez Elementary (2).

As for mascots, voters picked Coyotes and Lions tied at No. 1 with 9 votes, Condors at No. 2 with 7 votes, Falcons with 6, and six tied at 5 votes (Eages, Hawks, Mustangs, Stallions, Owls and Wildcats). Others getting votes included Badgers, Bluejays, Bobcats, Fox, Snakes and Tigers.

The Hollister district completed the design late last year. The school will be smaller in size than a standard K-8 campus due to lacking funds, and school officials are looking at January 2021 as a target opening date.

For the full agenda, go here.

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