Hart district Superintendent Rob Challinor sent a message to the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, saying while the district is changing to area-based elections, “It will not alter the way the district is governed.” Hart district officials decided to move to districts with a 4-1 vote July 16 because the change provided officials with a “safe harbor” from a potential lawsuit, said Hart district governing board President Steve Sturgeon. “The CVRA has promoted a great deal of legal action and policy discussion throughout the state,” Challinor said. “The Hart board took this proactive step to avoid a potential legal challenge and to honor the law’s intention, which is to ensure that minority groups are not denied the opportunity to elect candidates and/or pass measures of their choice.”
Hart district officials changed their elections with a 4-1 vote Wednesday, following a discussion at the Santa Clarita Valley high school district’s governing board meeting. The change wasn’t a popular choice among board members, but it provided them with a “safe harbor” from a potential lawsuit, said Hart district governing board President Steve Sturgeon. “All five board members basically testified last night that we should be able to vote at large -- it gives an opportunity for the entire population to choose who their representatives are,” Sturgeon said. “So this becomes a little more exclusive to an area, which was the intent, and we’ll see how it works.”
Hart district officials named five new vice principals Wednesday for the 2014-15 school year. The announcement was made at the governing board meeting for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
“These positions became open following several administrative changes, including the retirement of two high school principals and a junior high school assistant principal,” according to a Hart district news release. “Four of the positions will begin effective July 1, 2014, and one will be effective on Jan. 1, 2015, following the retirement of another assistant principal.”
Hart district officials are looking at the addition of wrestling to the sports offerings for Santa Clarita Valley high school students next year as a self-sustaining program, officials said Wednesday. “There is a demonstrated high level of support for wrestling in the Santa Clarita Valley, with four local programs currently hosting more than 150 members, ages 3 to 21,” according to the William S. Hart Union High School District agenda. “Local supporters have stepped forward to offer training facilities and expertise.” It’s the second self-sustaining program the district has added in as many years, which will be seeking to follow the growth and success of lacrosse, which was added by the board in 2012.
Hart High School students displayed their work at the school’s annual art show this week, culminating up to a year of work in art classes.
The gallery, which was organized by Hart High art teacher Mary Ann Fragodt, featured a variety of student artwork selected by teachers from both the beginning and advanced two-dimensional art classes at the school.
The Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities is hosting a luncheon on Thursday where keynote speakers will address the theme, Memory Loss, Aging and the Workplace.