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Rob Hall named new Hart board member

Placerita Canyon resident gets open seat on school board after interview of 11 candidates

Posted: October 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Rob Hall smiles after being voted onto the Hart school board. Hall was selected out of 11 candidates Wednesday night to fill a vacant board seat. Photo by Luke Money.

Placerita Canyon resident Rob Hall was the last of 11 candidates interviewed Wednesday to fill a vacant seat on the governing board for the William S. Hart Union High School District, but he came out on top after the five-hour process.

Hall, who is the current board president for the Placerita Canyon Property Owners Association, also works in human resources and recruitment at Advanced Bionics in Valencia.

“The people that I recruit aren’t prepared and it’s sad,” he said when describing his decision to run for the board. “And we have to find a way to break some of these habits of what I see coming into Advanced Bionics.”
The voting process for the board appointee saw each current board member select their preferred candidate, the names of which were then read aloud.

Two board members, Bob Jensen and Steve Sturgeon, named Hall their candidate of choice while board President Joe Messina named Ronda Chobanian, who works with Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley as his.

Board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine actually put two names on her ballot, Chobanian and Ann Kerman, who used to be the executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance.

Hall’s appointment was approved with a 3-1 vote, with Mercado-Fortine voting against.

Hall takes over the seat that was left empty after the departure of Chris Fall, who left the board due to a potential conflict of interest.

Hall was chosen out of a diverse crop of candidates which included a police lieutenant, former board members in other school districts and a veteran animator.

Only one of the interviewed candidates, Bruce Fox, had previously applied for the board vacancy when the seat first became available earlier this year.

Hall will officially take his position on the board on Dec. 11 and is expected to serve a full, four-year term.
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