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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Governing Board of the Gilroy Unified School District will hold a hearing and consider input from the public on the proposed adoption of a Developer Fee Justification Study for the District and an increase in the statutory school facility fee (“Level I Fee”) on new residential, commercial/industrial developments as approved by the State Allocation Board on January 22, 2020.  Except for rental self-storage facilities in which a fee of $0.08 per square foot is justified.  The adoption of the Study and the increase of the Level I Fee are necessary to fund the construction of needed school facilities to accommodate students due to development.  

Members of the public are invited to comment in writing, on or before March 5, 2020, or appear in person at the hearing at 7 p.m. on March 5, 2020, at the following location:  

Gilroy Unified School District
Board Room
7810 Arroyo Circle
Gilroy, CA  95020

Materials regarding the Study and the Level I Fee are on file and are available for public review at the District Office located at 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy, CA 95020 


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Gilroy, CA-- The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to announce that at the January 16, 2020 Board Meeting, the GUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Mrs. Velia Codiga as the new principal at Las Animas Elementary School, beginning with the 2020-21 school year.  Mrs. Codiga has been the principal at Antonio Del Buono Elementary School since 2006.

She began her career in the Gilroy Unified School District in 1994 as a student teacher.  She has filled positions at several elementary schools in the district in the roles of bilingual teacher, classroom teacher, Migrant Ed support teacher and Literacy and English Language Learners (ELL) Site Leader. 

Mrs. Codiga is a strong instructional leader who works diligently to involve her staff in important decisions for the school.  Antonio Del Buono Elementary School has one of the lowest staff turnover rates in our District, which is a direct result of her collaborative leadership style.  She values parent involvement and is involved with both the Home and School Club (HSC) and the English Language Learner Committee (ELAC).  She is a leader among elementary principals in the implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program.

Velia is very committed to the success of several special programs at her site, including: special day classes, Transitional Kindergarten, and the Power School after school program.  Velia was recently honored by the Mt. Madonna YMCA as a Youth Development Hero for her work with the after school and special ed programs at ADB.  The District will move the special day population from the Antonio Del Buono campus to the Las Animas campus beginning with the 2020-21 school year, because the ADB campus will close in June 2020.

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Gilroy, CA – The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to announce that at the January 16, 2020 Board Meeting, the GUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Aurelio Rodriguez as the new Emergency Preparedness and School Safety Coordinator.  Mr. Rodriguez was hired to replace Cheryl Galloway, who served the Gilroy Unified School District in the same capacity for over ten years, and left the District in October 2019.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Aurelio Rodriguez joins the GUSD family with an enormous amount of security experience.  He began his career in the Parks Enforcement Unit in New York City, and eventually landed in San Jose, spending over 27 years as an officer in the San Jose Police Department before retiring.  During his stint with San Jose PD, Aurelio served as a patrol officer and School Resource Officer for the Campbell Union High School District for eight years.  His extensive professional training in law enforcement and service to the San Jose community led him to being the recipient of several letters of commendation and awards, including the Hazardous Duty Award and the American Red Cross Law Enforcement Hero Award.  

Aurelio has established roots in the Gilroy community for the past 16 years, raising his family in Gilroy, and volunteering for and coaching for several non-profit and school athletic organizations.  Aurelio and his wife Lucy are proud to have both of their sons attend Gilroy schools, one an alumnus and the youngest still attending Gilroy High School.  

As the new GUSD Emergency Preparedness and School Safety Coordinator, Aurelio Rodriguez will be responsible for the development and implementation of all GUSD response and crisis management activities; will provide disaster preparedness training to GUSD staff, students and families; liaison with GUSD community partners; and provide operational support of all GUSD facilities rentals.

Aurelio’s first day in his new role with the Gilroy Unified School District was Friday, January 17, 2020.


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GPD initiated lockdown at Rod Kelley Elementary (1.22.2020)
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Rod Kelley Elementary was put on lockdown this afternoon because of an incident that occurred off campus.  The lockdown was initiated by Gilroy Police Department.  Students and staff members were housed in the MPR according to District protocol and were never in any danger.  Student release was delayed until Gilroy Police Department cleared the campus, and the campus was closed to any visitors.  Again, staff and students were never in any danger, and the lockdown was initiated to assure safety for the entire campus.  The lockdown was lifted at 1:49 pm today.

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Class of 2024! High school information nights at Christopher and Gilroy High Schools!  Gilroy High School's Mustang Mania is Monday, February 3, from 5:00-7:30 pm beginning in the Main Gym.  Christopher High School's Cougarpalooza is also Monday, February 3, from 6:00-8:00 pm.


More information on GHS Mustang Mania


More information on CHS Cougarpalooza


For media requests regarding the Gilroy Unified School District, school sites, staff and/ or students, please contact Melanie Corona, Public Information Officer, 669.205.4095 or