[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
56°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 11
1975 - Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society incorporates as a 501c3 nonprofit [Heritage Junction]


Santa Clarita NewsBen Rodriguez, chief operating officer of the William S. Hart Union High School District, has chosen not to renew his contract which was set to expire in June 2016, the district announced Thursday.

The Hart School Board accepted Rodriguez’s resignation at its Wednesday might meeting. His departure is effective Sept. 30.

Rodriguez is responsible for the district’s capital projects, including construction of Castaic High School, the performing arts centers at Canyon and Saugus high schools, and other construction projects around the district that are currently underway or slated to get underway in the near future.

“With several projects and initiatives pending that will span several years, Rodriguez feels it makes sense to spend the time now to recruit and transition someone who can become fully immersed in these projects,” the district said in a statement. “Rodriguez will be assisting in this transition.”

Rodriguez has been with the district for three years. His successor has not yet been selected.

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

8 Comments

  1. jim soliz says:

    Gen the anti latino is of the Hart Tructee Board, its a wonder that the warm and jocular Rodriguez lasted as long as he did. I for one, will miss him and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.

  2. Allan Cameron says:

    Mr. Rodriguez is the fourth person to hold that challenging job in the last ten years. Having held it for about three, he has held the position as long, if not longer than his three predecessors. I know Mr. Rodriguez, and am confident that he has a bright future.

  3. scott says:

    What’s not mentioned here, that I read elsewhere, is that he’s going to be paid for NOT WORKING the next 9 months. If he is unable to fulfill his contract, why are we still paying him? If I quit my job, my employer stops paying me immediately. How is this any different, other than he’s getting paid through the pockets of the tax payers?

    • SCVNews.com says:

      Consider the different ways a public agency and an employee can part ways, and think about how much more it could have cost.

  4. Joe says:

    Jim Soliz, REALLY! Your type is the exact reason we have so much racial unrest in this country. You could care less about the truth just throw out those racial accusations. What a faithful democrat you are. How about you try to be a faithful American. Do you have inside info? if you do you should share it. Are you calling Mr Rodreguez a liar? He resigned and said he wanted to spend more time with his family! Tired of the drive maybe? Where was your outrage when Tom Cole resigned after being there only a year, Maybe because he was only an anglo? Good riddance in your mind? OBVIOUSLY knowing the law as you do you know I cant discuss BUT I can say its much better having Ben available to help with a transition than not at all AND Education Employment Law is a different animal. to sum up.. Your inference that he was forced out because he was a Latino in ignorance and hate at its finest and proof that people like you could care less about America and only about “Your People”.
    OH and why dont you look down the district roster and see how many “non-white” teachers and employees we have” dont bother it will ruin your day!

  5. Denny says:

    Right on, Joe. Your reply to Jim Soliz was spot on.

  6. Sonia P says:

    It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Rodriguez for these past 3 years. His wealth of knowledge in not only construction but business operations was instrentsl in bringing best business practices to WSHUHD. We want to continue building on best practices and not past practices. Always placing the safety of the students, staff and visitors as a high priority. Mr. Rodriguez high ethical standards in maintaining transparency and accountability to tax payers was always his mission. We will miss his talent and wish him much success in his future endevours. Thank you for a job well done.

  7. PJL says:

    I am saddened by the news of his leaving. Mr. Rodriguez has been an asset to the District. From what I have seen at meetings, he has tried to implement procedures and policies within the District to ensure the safety of students, the best use of our tax dollars as well as transparency and accountability. From what I hear accountability among staff and board members is a huge problem within the District and it is a disgrace that they are losing someone who actually cared rather than someone there to collect a pay check. It is also incredibly coincidiental, or is it, that same meeting he “resigned” that the board item for Castaic High School Request for Proposal was pulled! Interesting don’t you think?

Leave a Comment


LOCAL SCHOOL LINKS
Related Content
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
Thursday, Dec 7, 2017
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) announced Thursday the launch of the fall 2017 California School Dashboard, a Web site that provides valuable information on multiple topics regarding school and student performance in an easy-to-understand report card format.
Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
State schools chief Tom Torlakson said on Wednesday that assistance for schools is ready as wind-driven wildfires continue to spread destruction, damage, and school closures in Southern California.
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017
The Rye Fire led to the evacuation of students from Rancho Pico Junior High and West Ranch High schools Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017
Newhall School District Response to Local Fires Tuesday, December 5, 1:40 pm In response to the fire that started in the Rye Canyon area earlier today:
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday the availability of statewide chronic absenteeism data for the first time in California, providing a new understanding of absenteeism rates and enabling schools to see at a comprehensive level which students are missing school and in danger of falling behind.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1975 - Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society incorporates as a 501c3 nonprofit [Heritage Junction]
The National Weather Service has extended its Red Flag Warning of extreme fire danger for coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Monday at 8 p.m.
Fire Danger Warning Extended to Monday 8 p.m.
The Rye Fire is 93 percent contained and the Creek Fire is 95 percent contained, according to a Sunday evening update from CalFire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Rye Fire 93 Percent Contained, Creek Fire Nearly Out
Derelict since the 1994 earthquake, the Pioneer Oil Refinery in Newhall was the first productive oil refinery in the American West and is believed to be the oldest existing refinery in the world today. Unfunded restoration plans have come and gone. Now that the surrounding property is under development, will the promises be kept?
Gate-King and the Pioneer | Commentary by Leon Worden
The Thomas Fire raged in Ventura County and west into Santa Barbara County Sunday, forcing evacuations as the blaze threatened coastal communities of Carpinteria and Montecito and moved inland into the Los Padres National Forest.
Thomas Fire Threatens Coastal Ventura, Santa Barbara County
Retired Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy and former Newhall School Board member Mike Shapiro's home in Ojai was destroyed by the Thomas fire, which broke out Monday, December 4 and has scorched 173,000 acres as of Sunday morning.
Thomas Fire Levels Ojai Home of Ex-SCV Deputy, NSD Board Member
1941 - Three days after Pearl Harbor attack, 165th and 185th Infantry Regiments assigned to Saugus; Edison power substation guarded 24/7 [timeline]
1983 - U.S. release of John Carpenter's "Christine;" blew up fake gas station in Valencia [watch scene (R)]
CalFire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department updated residents on the status of the Rye Fire and Creek Fire, as well as evacuation locations and road closures as of Friday at 6 p.m.
Rye Fire 50 Percent Contained, Creek Fire 70 Percent Contained
A death investigation is under way at the Crescent Valley Mobile Home Park at 23500 The Old Road in Newhall, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Chris Maurizi.
Detectives Investigating Woman’s ‘Suspicious’ Death at Mobile Home Park
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies offer advice about package theft during the holiday season and how residents can avoid becoming a victim of the "porch pirate."
SCV Sheriff’s Station: ‘Do Not be a Victim of the Porch Pirate’
A National Memorial designation for St. Francis Dam will honor those who lost their lives in the nation’s worst engineering disaster and the role it played in ushering in a new era of oversight for dam construction.
Remembering the St. Francis Dam Disaster | Guest Commentary
The ARTree is looking for fully clothed models for its Drawing Group, and offers to pay each model $30 per session.
ARTree Seeks Fully Clothed Models for Drawing Group
College of the Canyons finished just short of reaching its first state final game when the Cougars women's volleyball team lost to eventual-state champion Irvine Valley College in a heartbreaking five-set result.
COC Falls to Irvine Valley in State Semi-Finals
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, December 12, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 12: L.A. County Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards.
15 Documentary Features Advance in 2017 Oscar Race
Mustang junior Benjamin Tembo was named a third-team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American this week after leading the Golden State Athletic Conference in every offensive category including game-winning goals with six.
TMU’s Tembo Tabbed One of Nation’s Best Soccer Players
Morgan Koch of The Master's University women's volleyball team earned an honorable mention in the NAIA All-American rankings, the seventh straight season TMU has earned at least an honorable mention.
Morgan Koch Keeps TMU Volleyball All-American Streak Alive
Jasmine Parada has added another top honor to her collection -- the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics picked her among its best of the year.
TMU’s Parada Picked as 2nd-Team All-American
Inmate visiting at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic has been canceled for this weekend due to a long-term power outage at the Visitor Center.
Pitchess Center Cancels Inmate Visits This Weekend
Starting Monday night, Caltrans will create new temporary lanes on southbound Interstate 5, part of a $171 million freeway repaving project in and near the city of Santa Clarita.
New Lane Pattern on I-5 Starts Monday Night in SCV
United Way of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Southern California Wildfire Fund to help victims of these fires rebuild their lives.
United Way Sets Up Funds for Fire Victims
The tragedy of the deaths of 29 horses burned by the Creek Fire at a ranch in Sylmar has caused extensive public concern, and the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control urges horse owners to have an evaculation plan.
County Animal Care Responds to Horse Deaths in Sylmar
Half a dozen wildfires across Southern California continued to burn Friday morning, but firefighters made progress overnight in a week fraught with massive evacuations, highway and school closures and the loss of more than 50 horses.
Wildfires Scorch Homes, Horses Across Southern California
U.S. Air Force Airman Anthony Kuhn, son of Dianne and Joe Kuhn of Santa Clarita, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Learning Post Alum Anthony Kuhn Graduates Air Force Basic Training
1941 - Julius Dietzmann family of Castaic arrested as German enemy aliens [story]
LOS ANGELES, CA – Assessor Jeffrey Prang urges homeowners and owners of other property damaged or destroyed by the recent wildfires to seek tax relief.
County Assessor Urges Homeowners Affected by Fires to Seek Tax Relief
The Castaic Lake Water Agency's Financial and Operations Committee will hold a meeting Thursday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: CLWA’s Financial, Operations Committee Meeting
LOS ANGELES—The County of Los Angeles Probation Department activated its Departmental Operations Center in response to the fires across the Southland.
Probation Department Monitoring Fires Around Juvenile Camps, Including Those in SCV
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The tragedy of the deaths of 29 horses burned by the Creek Fire at a ranch in Sylmar has caused extensive public concern.
Animal Control Issues Statement on Horse Deaths During Creek Fire
With improved air quality, travel conditions and weather forecasts for the area surrounding CSUN, the campus will be open and operational Friday.
CSUN Back in Session Friday
On Wednesday, at approximately 7:45 a.m., Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to the 25200 block of De Wolfe Road, Newhall, regarding a man with a gun and domestic disturbance call.
More than 140 Firearms Found in Newhall Home of Barricaded Suspect
On Thursday, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the city of Santa Clarita and the American Red Cross are partnering to provide a Community Blood Drive.
Dec. 14: Community Blood Drive at City Hall
The city of Santa Clarita has been recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) with two prestigious Public Works awards.
City’s Environmental, Transportation Projects Lauded at Public Works Awards