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Newhall School District incumbents announce reelection bids

Posted: July 16, 2013 10:52 a.m.
Updated: July 16, 2013 10:52 a.m.

All three incumbents on the Newhall School District Governing Board plan to seek re-election.  Phil Ellis, Christy Smith and Brian Walters will each be filing papers for the upcoming November elections.  Each welcomes the opportunity to serve the District community for another four year term. 

Phil Ellis who has been a long time SCV community activist, has served on the Wm. S. Hart School District Board, The Hart Measure V Oversight Committee, the Newhall Redevelopment Committee and various other City committees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SCV FamilyYMCA.

Mrs. Smith seeks a second term on the Board having successfully led the Citizen’s Measure E Bond Campaign.  Funds from this bond are currently being used to implement District wide modernization of facilities and technology.  Mrs. Smith has been a parent activist in the SCV, having served as a PTA leader, a member of the Hart District Advisory Committee and as Founder of the Valencia Valley Education Foundation. She brings a professional background in education policy from time spent as a policy analyst for the Federal Department of Education in Washington, DC.       

Originally appointed to the Board in 2009, and being elected to fill a partial term in 2011, Mr. Walters now welcomes the chance to serve the Newhall District for a four year term. As a parent with children currently in the Newhall District and the son and son-in-law of current and former teachers, Mr. Walters is a strong student, parent and teacher advocate.  Mr. Walters serves on a local PTA Executive Board and school Safety Committee, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hart District’s WiSH Education Foundation.  He has coached children from across the Santa Clarita Valley in basketball, flag football, soccer and baseball and is a former Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America.

“Christy, Phil and I remain committed to providing leadership to the District we are privileged to serve,” commented Brian Walters.  “We are also pleased that despite challenges presented by the recession, under our tenure the Newhall District has seen the award of two National Blue Ribbon Honors, and all ten District schools have been named California Distinguished Schools,” added Mr. Ellis.  ”We have taken our stewardship very seriously,” explained Mrs. Smith.  “We have been able to weather the economic storm with no full-time teacher lay-offs, and we are very proud of the fact that we have been able to preserve the District’s comprehensive music and arts program, one of a kind in the state.” 

Walters, Smith and Ellis look forward to serving the District in the transition to a new state funding formula for schools and the implementation of the new mandated curriculum, as well as ensuring the Measure E funds approved by voters in 2011 are spent prudently. 

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