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Linda Valdes joins race for Hart district board seat

Local educator plans to bring teacher experience to office if elected

Posted: July 18, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Linda Valdes Linda Valdes
Linda Valdes

Local educator Linda Valdes said Friday she intends to bring her experience as a teacher to the William S. Hart Union High School District if elected to the district’s board Nov. 3.

“I think that an asset to the board would be able to bring that perspective, but also understanding funding over the years,” Valdes said.

Additionally, Valdes said she is focused on addressing the needs of English-language learners, low-income students and gifted students, despite the ongoing budget crisis.

“As an educator, always maintaining high educational programs in the classroom is first and foremost of utmost importance,” she said.

That remains true in light of state cuts to education, she said.

“We still need to meet the needs of our students.”

Valdes, the mother of three elementary-aged children, currently teaches third grade at Rio Vista Elementary School, which is part of the Saugus Union School District.

She joined Saugus Union in 1999 and before that taught in Glendale.

Valdes, a Canyon Country resident, served on the committee to pass Measure SA, the Hart district’s $300 million bond passed by local voters in November to build a high school in Castaic and continue modernization projects at existing junior high and high schools.

“Working on the bond measure, I feel convicted to see that Castaic high school be built,” she said, stressing the importance of oversight and accountability in how bond money is spent.

Valdes serves as president of the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the Saugus Teachers Association.

She also helped establish the first environmental and career day at Rio Vista.

Valdes is a member of the SCV Jaycees and previously chaired the SCV Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Committee’s scholarship program.

So far, local businessman Joe Messina, Newhall School District board members Bob Jensen and Suzan Solomon, and Hart district incumbent Paul Strickland have announced their campaigns for Hart district’s three open seats.

Hart district incumbents Dennis King and Patricia Hanrion have said they will not run for re-election.



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