He will seek a third term
Having been elected to the William S. Hart School Board twice, Steve Sturgeon has announced his intent to run for a third term.
Sturgeon made the formal announcement while flanked by prominent City officials, School Board members, and other supporters. His seat is one of two that will be voted on in the November 6th general election.
Two major issues stick out in the mind of Sturgeon, who said that he would like to continue working to complete a high school in Castaic and he would like to see though an attempt to meet the No Child Left Behind requirements of the federal government. To be successful in that, he says, would mean beefing up the focus on the District’s sub-groups such as Hispanics and the Special Education students.
Also, Sturgeon feels that there is a need to finish the modernizations of local campuses. “The overruns were big last year,” he said. “We need to demonstrate that we can finish the projects we started.”
The Hart School Board has taken some heat in the last year for not being able to fund important modernization projects. They were also accused of dragging their feet in building a High School in Castaic. The District denies this, noting that their original location for the school was rejected by some members of the Castaic community, and their current location has been stalled by the Los Angeles County Planning Commission.
According to Sturgeon, his desire to continue on as a School Board member stretches from his experiences. His roots in educational boards reach back to his days on the Sulphur Springs School District Board. Over two terms on the Hart High Board he has battled one of the biggest issues to ever hit local schools; overcrowding. Since then, West Ranch and Golden Valley High Schools have been built as well as Rancho Pico Jr. High.
“It takes a good deal of experience and knowledge to run, not only the district but to be on the School Board and oversee the budgetary issues that we face,” said Sturgeon. He continued; “Our district right now, we have a Superintendent that’s relatively new to the school district and we have senior district people in brand new positions. So we’re in some ways a youthful district. And I think that my experience, along with the experience of the Board members in place can contribute a great deal to the continued success.”
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