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Hart board member opts out

Four-term board member Patricia Harion to endorse Solomon

Posted: June 17, 2009 8:26 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
Patricia Hanrion, a member of the governing board of the William. S. Hart Union High School District, said Wednesday she does not plan to run for re-election in the fall. Hanrion said she endorses candidate Suzan Solomon in her run for a seat.

“Suzan has demonstrated she is well-familiar with the strengths and needs of the William. S. Hart Union High School District and I hope parents and our community will join with me to support Suzan Solomon for the Hart District School Board,” Hanrion said.

Hanrion is on her fourth term as board member and has served a district facing tremendous growth in student enrollment.

“Probably the growth in the district, construction and working to maintain the quality of education my children received when the district was smaller were the biggest focuses and challenges that I had to deal with,” Hanrion said.

Hanrion, a Valencia resident who teaches nursing at College of the Canyons, remains supportive of the Hart district, but feels it is time to move on.

“My granddaughter graduated last year (from high school) and I kind of feel like it’s time to pass the baton and my knowledge,” she said.

Hanrion’s five children attended Hart district schools. She has 12 grandchildren.

“I have waited for another mom who knows the district and will continue to support my ideals and goals to pass the baton.”

Solomon has served for the Newhall School District governing board since 1999, she said.

Solomon, a Valencia resident, is a member of the Measure SA Oversight Committee, the District Advisory Council, the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Santa Clarita Valley PTA, she said.

She was recently elected vice president of education for the California State PTA, she said.

If elected, Solomon’s priorities include the construction of a high school in Castaic and maintaining the quality of education for Hart district students during the ongoing financial crisis, she said.

Communication and representation are key goals, Solomon said.

“There needs to be a Hart board member who is able to visit the sites regularly and to listen to the community so that everyone is well-represented at the table,” Solomon said.

Two other seats, occupied by Paul Strickland, of Valencia, and Dennis King, are also up for reelection this year.

Strickland said he is “leaning toward running again,” but plans to make a final decision by the end of the month.

“I clearly love and enjoy being a board member for the Hart district,” Strickland said.

Strickland is currently serving his third term.

King was unavailable for comment.

In May, Joe Messina, of Saugus, announced that he plans to run for a seat on the Hart district governing board.

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