The Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District appointed four new principals the three high school and one junior high Wednesday night.
The four principals are Jason d-Autremnot at Hart, Shellie Holcombe at Canyon, Stephen Ford at Valencia and John Turner at Placerita Junior High.
Jason d’Autremont, current principal at Canyon, returns to Hart where he began his teaching career. He takes over for Dr. Collyn Nielsen who accepted the cabinet-level position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Hart School District. Mr. d’Autremont was a special education teacher and department chair from 2003-2009, varsity football coach from 2002-2009, assistant principal at Hart from 2009-2012, assistant principal at Canyon from 2012-2014, and principal at Canyon from 2014 to now. Married with four sons, d’Autremont was named ACSA SCV Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year in 2012 and Secondary Principal of the Year in 2016. He has a Masters Degree in Educational leadership and Policy Studies.
Shellie Holcombe – Canyon High.
Shellie Holcombe becomes the new principal at Canyon after four years as an assistant principal at Saugus. Mrs. Holcombe was an elementary school teacher in the Sulphur Springs School District for 11 years before going to Canyon as an English teacher for four years. She then moved to the Hart District Office as a Teacher on Special Assignment before taking the job at Saugus. Married with three children, Mrs. Holcombe is a graduate of Saugus High School, COC, CSUN and UCLA.
Stephen Ford – Valencia High.
Stephen Ford is new to the Hart School District but not new to running a high school. He will take over at Valencia beginning on July 1, after current Principal John Costanzo retires at the end of this school year. Mr. Ford has been a principal in the Antelope Valley High School District since 2012 where, among other things, he increased graduation rates by instituting professional development (PD) for his staff, including online PD that focused on 21st century classrooms. He was an assistant principal at two separate comprehensive high schools in the Antelope Valley, and before that a teacher and football coach at Lancaster High School. Mr. Ford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a master’s degree in educational administration.
John Turner – Placerita Junior High.
John Turner will become the principal of Placerita Junior High School effective Feb. 20, with the promotion of Jan Hayes-Rennels to the District Office as Director of Special Programs and Staff Development. Mr. Turner has been an assistant principal at Hart High School since 2005 where he has been responsible for facilities, professional development, special education, athletics, activities, WASC, attendance, technology and English Learners to name a few. Prior to coming to the Hart District, Mr. Turner had extensive teaching and leadership experience in both Georgia and Tennessee. He taught students in grades 5-12, coached basketball and baseball, supervised various student groups, was a trainer of teachers, a science instructional specialist/coordinator, and then director supporting multiple schools in a large district. Mr. Turner has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Biology from Tennessee Technological University, and an Educational Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Educational Leadership.
Castaic Union School District and The Music Center announced Tuesday the upcoming Korean Classical Music & Dance Company performance at Northlake Hills Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
In front of dozens of their students’ families, with some spilling out into the halls and into the parking lot, the administrators and teachers of SCVi presented their case for renewal to the William S. Hart Union High School District board Wednesday.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Saugus High School, four students sat in crashed cars to simulate the ramifications of drunken driving, during the two-day “Every 15 Minutes” program funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and organized by the California Highway Patrol.
Inmate visiting will be impacted at Men’s Central Jail through Thursday, November 30 due to several inmates being diagnosed with the mumps virus, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said Thursday.
It was like any other day of the week for the Branch and Beltran families — making breakfast, getting ready for the day’s routine — until they heard a swarm of police surround Saugus High School on Thursday morning as an active shooter incident developed.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Tuesday to address the Board and Care crisis throughout the county.
With the holiday season just around the corner, the College of the Canyons School of Visual and Performing Arts, or VAPA, has an exciting lineup of shows that are sure to delight family and friends of all ages well into the next year.
The Women’s Council of Realtors of Santa Clarita Valley invites local residents to help celebrate the installation of its 2020 Board members at the Sand Canyon Country club on Friday, November 22, at 6 p.m.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis that adopts a framework and associated funding to help the county's cities address their individual homelessness challenges.
The Santa Clarita Valley’s top cop, Capt. Robert Lewis, took a moment Tuesday to reflect on a county report showing the SCV Sheriff’s Station received the second-highest number of commendations from the public and tied for third place for receiving the most complaints among Los Angeles County sheriff’s stations, bureaus and divisions.
Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined the California Museum, the state's official history museum, in announcing the 13th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame.
A man identified by deputies as a transient was arrested in Newhall on the weekend on suspicion of attempted arson after allegedly setting magazines and papers on fire and then throwing them in planters.