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14 Santa Clarita candidates vie for vacant Hart board seat

Posted: June 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Fourteen Santa Clarita Valley residents have thrown their hats in the ring to fill a vacancy on the governing board for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Kane Crawford, Michael Cruz, Kenneth Dean, Chris Fall, Bruce Fox, Steven Herskovitz, John Kunak, Dean Morris, Barbara Myler, Brian Springer, Richard Shaw, Betti Sternberg, Tony Watson and Randal Winter are all vying for an open seat on the five-member governing board, according to district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants had to be at least 18 years old, live within the boundaries of the Hart district and be a registered voter in the state of California.
The vacancy was created by the departure of longtime board member Paul Strickland, who resigned in May to take a job as a consultant in Florida.
The governing board administrates the some-23,000 students in the Hart district.
Governing board members also have a large say in the district’s business dealings, a hefty task given the district’s status as one of the largest employers in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The applicants will be interviewed during a special board meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. After the interviews, the four sitting members of the governing board will choose a candidate to serve out the remainder of Strickland’s term, which ends in November.
The College of the Canyons Board of Trustees used a similar process to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, upon his election to the state Assembly.
The new board member will be sworn into office during a board meeting on June 19.


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