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February 27, 2024

HSD appoints Ward, Baquiran to district roles

Courtesy of the Hollister School District:

The Hollister School District is pleased to announce the appointment of two veteran educators to key administrative positions at the district office.

At the March 12 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Kip Ward was named Director of Student Services and Gwen Baquiran was named Director of Special Education. Superintendent Diego Ochoa lauded the moves as important steps in the process of establishing high-quality services for students and families.

Kip Ward is a Hollister native, a former teacher in the Hollister School District, and a seasoned principal in the district. He will remain at Ladd Lane until the end of the 2018-2019 school year and begin his new position, on July 1, 2019. Once at the district office, he will focus his efforts on attendance, discipline, CKH, foster/homeless programs, tobacco/drug prevention, counseling, and social/emotional programs.

“Kip Ward will be an excellent Director of Student Services,” Ochoa said in a statement. “I feel fortunate to have him accept this position at the district level. He will work directly with school principals and use data to reach students who need support with regular school attendance. He will also ensure that principals and teachers have support for implementing our Capturing Kids’ Hearts program.”

Gwen Baquiran has been a resident and educator in the Hollister School District for more than 10 years. She currently serves as Program Specialist for the San Benito County SELPA. She will be returning to the Hollister School District as she spent her first seven years as a special day class teacher in the district.

“Gwen is taking on a critical role in HSD,” Ochoa said in the statement. “Our special education department is in need of major improvements and she will bring the leadership we need to turn things around. Gwen will identify excellent practices in place, establish standard protocols, update policies to shore up deficiencies, hire additional staff, reach out to parent groups, and restructure the department.”