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    Improved Budgets Help Santa Clarita Valley Schools Keep More Teachers

    For the most part, Santa Clarita Valley school districts are sending out fewer notices than in previous years, due in part to better budget projections; although at least one district notes officials aren’t quite out of the woods. School districts must send out preliminary layoff notices by March 15, according to state law, and officials must make the notification to lay off workers by May 15. Saugus Union School District staffers were most affected by the layoff notices. Castaic Union is cutting two position due to reduced enrollments, while the William S. Hart Union High School District, Newhall and Sulphur Springs school districts are retaining all of their full-time teachers. “I know that in the news, reports might indicate that with Proposition 30 taxes, education has been completely made whole, and that just isn’t the case,” said Marc Winger, Newhall School District superintendent. “But we’re not where we were in previous years -- we’re out of the downward spiral we were in.”

    UPDATE: Deputies Release April 14-20 Crime Reports For Santa Clarita Valley

    The first crime reports have been released for April 14 through 20 in Canyon Country, Castaic, Gorman, Saugus, Stevenson Ranch and Valencia. Know what's happening in your community.

    Hart District Expected To Announce 2017 Opening For Castaic High School

    The Hart district could be opening Castaic High School in 2017-18, two years later than originally anticipated, according to district officials, who expressed concern over the permitting process. The discussion came during the regularly scheduled updates on Castaic High School at the regularly scheduled board meeting. “Right now, it’s appearing to us that 2016 is not going to happen, we’re working with the county right now on updating that date,” said Gail Pinsker, Hart district spokeswoman, noting the concerns were brought to light at Wednesday night’s board meeting. While commending the job of Ben Rodriguez, chief operating officer for the district, board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine mentioned bureaucratic obstacles, which have been frustrating school officials.

    UPDATE: April 7-13 Crime Reports Released For The Santa Clarita Valley

    The crime reports are in for April 7 through April 13 in the Santa Clarita Valley. Know what's happening in your community.

    Arson Suspect In Castaic House Fire Due Back In Court

    A Castaic woman accused of setting her own home ablaze on New Year’s Day was in court to have a preliminary hearing scheduled, according to an official with the District Attorney’s Office.

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    UPDATE: Deputies Release First April Crime Reports For Santa Clarita Valley

    The crime reports are in for March 31 through April 6 in for communities across the Santa Clarita Valley. Know what's happening in your community.

    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Officials Host Coffee With The Captain

    Santa Clarita residents took an opportunity to meet with Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson and Deputy Jonathan Wilson on Wednesday for Coffee with the Captain. Coffee with the Captain is a series of meetings Johnson is holding throughout the community as he begins his new role as captain of the station. Johnson took the helm of the Sheriff’s Station in March, and said he was planning to hold the informal meetings in all eight of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station crime zones. The next meeting will be held at It's A Grind on Tuesday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    County Board To Vote On Several Projects Affecting Santa Clarita Valley

    Several decisions that would affect the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas are on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' agenda for Tuesday's meeting. These involve, road expansions, sewer fees and improvements for Pitchess Detention Center.

    County Board To Vote On $4 Million Improvements For Del Valle Facility

    More than $4 million in improvements for the Del Valle Regional Emergency Training Center in Castaic, could be approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Del Valle trains firefighters with simulations of real world situations.

    Telly's To Host Fundraiser For Castaic Family With Autistic Son Who Drowned

    A Santa Clarita Valley family and their friends are hosting a fundraiser at Telly's Drive In in Castaic to help with memorial costs for Travis Stratton, a 4-year-old autistic boy who drowned Friday. After a two-hour search Friday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies found Travis Stratton, 4, an autistic Castaic child, unresponsive in a pool. “As we were leaving the station, our air unit spotted the boy in a neighbor’s pool and directed deputies into the backyard,” according to a Facebook post from a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Search and Rescue Team. “Several deputies jumped into the pool, uniforms, guns, radios and all to get to the boy. They immediately began CPR on the unresponsive little boy.”