Stephen Kain, administrator of Hollister Schools, resigns
He has served on the board of directors since 2018.
At Hollister School May 25 District meeting, Administrator Stephen Kain, who represents District 3, announced his resignation from council. He said he and his wife, who will retire on May 28, are downsizing as their children have grown up and left home. They sold their house and move to a retirement community in Rocklin. His last day of service will be June 4.
The school district is accepting Kain’s replacement applications and will appoint a trustee after interviewing the candidates.
Kain, who has served on the board since 2018, told BenitoLink that he enjoyed his time on the board and thought it was a good time to leave.
“We have a great board right now so I’m sure things will continue to be good,” he said. He added that with this advice and Superintendent Diego Ochoa, who announced his resignation last week, much has been accomplished.
Kain said new Acting Superintendent Erica Sanchez will be very able to get the job done and move the district forward in a positive way.
According to his Hollister School Board biography, he began teaching in 1976 at John Steinbeck Junior High in San Jose and joined the Hollister School District in 1985 to teach English. At the time, his degree was only one history subject, so he sought and graduated from multiple subjects.
In 1989 he began serving as president of the Hollister Elementary School Teachers Association (HESTA) and in 1994 he joined the inaugural team that opened Marguerite Maze Middle School.
In 2002, Kain was invited to become a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Teacher (now called California Teacher Induction) in the district office. He started working with young teachers, but missed the classroom and returned to Maze the following fall. Subsequently, he ceased to be an officer for HESTA and became a consultant until his retirement in 2012.
Kain joins the growing list of local leaders who have resigned or retired in recent weeks. They understand Ochoa, sheriff Darren thompson, former member of Hollister City Council Honor Spencer and San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina.
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