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Chris Fall named to Hart district governing board

Posted: June 5, 2013 7:37 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2013 8:29 p.m.

Valencia resident Chris Fall speaks Wednesday night after being named as the newest member of the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board. Fall was chosen out of a field of 12 candidates during a four-hour meeting Wednesday. Photo by Luke Money/The Signal.

After more than four hours of interviews and voting Wednesday afternoon, members of the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board selected Valencia resident Chris Fall to fill a vacant seat on the board.

Fall was selected out of a field of 12 candidates vying to fill the vacancy left by Paul Strickland, who resigned from the board in May to take a consulting job in Florida.

“It’s a tremendous honor and I’m going to give it everything I have,” Fall said.

The sitting members of the governing board used a balloting system to whittle down the field of 12 candidates.

After three rounds of balloting only Fall, Bruce Fox and Barbara Myler remained.

Fall then came out ahead on the fourth ballot.

Fall was appointed to finish the remainder of Strickland’s term, which ends in November. He said he plans to run for another board term after that.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity, the election is not far away,” Fall said with a smile. “I kind of wish maybe they had left some blank envelopes at the door for whoever the winner was so we could start asking for some campaign funding.”

Fall will be officially sworn into office during a special board meeting June 19.

Fall also serves as the chairman of the Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission.

Fall said the relationships he has forged around the Santa Clarita Valley will serve him well in his new role on the board.

“You meet a lot of people and I never burn a bridge,” Fall said. “So you can go back across that bridge and start asking for things to help out the district.”

Hart district Superintendent Rob Challinor praised Fall’s involvement in the community and said that experience should help him transition into his new role on the board.

“It’s clear he understands not only the relationships in the community but the importance of the Hart district,” Challinor said.

This is the second time this year Fall has run for a vacant seat on a school district board. He was part of a group of candidates who sought to fill a vacancy on the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees in January after the resignation of now-Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita.

But Fall was unsuccessful in his attempt, placing a close second to now-Trustee Steve Zimmer.
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