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| Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
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Valencia High School Principal Steve Ford has announced his plan to resign Sept. 30.

 

Valencia High School will have a new principal to finish the school year after Stephen Ford announced his resignation plans in an email Monday.

William S. Hart Union High School District Superintendent Mike Kuhlman confirmed the announcement Monday, adding Ford was stepping down at the end of next month and taking a position outside the district. Kuhlman did not state where Ford was headed.

“As it stands right now, it looks like he’ll be working with the district until Sept. 30,” Kuhlman said Monday. “We wish him the best. We appreciate the work that he has done with us.”

The move did not appear to be one anticipated by the district, which had interviewed Ford as Foothill League president for a July 23 interview on SCVTV’s “Community Corner” about the future of Foothill League sports. (Watch here: https://bit.ly/SCVTVinterview.)

The move leaves the district in search of a fourth principal in six years for Valencia High, following the retirement of Paul Preisz, who was the school’s first principal, from 1994-2014.

He was followed by John Costanzo, who retired after being principal from 2014-18, and then Ford.

Kuhlman declined to comment as to whether a recent social media post that spurred an online petition calling for Ford’s resignation played a role, saying only Ford was leaving “of his own accord.”

The post cited in the petition compared Holocaust victims to people who are blindly obeying what’s going on during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the words: “OBEDIENCE IS NOT A VIRTUE.” The petition had 600 online signatures toward its goal of 1,000 as of Monday.

Finding a replacement is a top priority, Kuhlman said.

“Valencia High School is personally and professionally of importance to me,” Kuhlman said, “and we’re going to make sure we have exactly the right person to lead that school moving forward.”

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3 Comments

  1. Alice says:

    Good riddance

    • Jacquline says:

      What a disgrace! Mr. Ford is an excellent principal!!! They all should be ashamed of themselves for starting a petition ! These people have lost their minds. This is a huge loss for Valencia High School . Everyone is entitled to an opinion the last I checked this was THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
      This robotic behavior being displayed is alarming and everyone who continues to partake in this lunacy , will be wide awake when they take all your freedoms away, unfortunately for them it will be too late.

  2. Brice says:

    No freedom of speech at Valencia High and William S. School District? This better not be the case but it certainly is questionable timing! Someone should keep digging. To those who want to take freedoms away: do you think these policies will stop after they’ve hushed those w/ views you don’t agree with? Nope. They’ll take your freedoms too. Ford is correct.

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