Foundation donates large scholarship grant to local school district

The William S. Hart Union High School District. Dan Watson/The Signal
The William S. Hart Union High School District. Dan Watson/The Signal

Members of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board will accept a scholarship grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation and conduct a public hearing for Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences (AEALAS) Charter School’s renewal petition at its regular meeting Wednesday.

David S. Newhall, president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, informed Hart District Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht of the $149,000 scholarship donation on Jan. 13, 2017.

“The directors join me in extending our best wishes for the continuing success of the district’s scholarship program to help students and their families make college choices,” the letter read.

According to the agenda item, a total of $24,000 in scholarships will be distributed at each of the district’s six comprehensive high schools.  The breakdown of these scholarships will include one scholarship for $5,000, two for $4,000, two for $3,000 and two for $2,500.

The district’s four alternative high schools—Bowman High School, Academy of the Canyons, Learning Post/Hart @ Home and Sequoia School—will each receive one scholarship grant for $1,250.

Representatives from the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation (SCVSF) will be responsible for selecting the winners of the scholarships, whose names will be presented to the Governing Board in June.

The board will also conduct a public hearing on AEALAS’ charter school renewal petition.

The 64-page petition details the school’s mission, vision, curriculum and instruction, measurable student outcomes and other uses of data, human resources, and student admissions, attendance and suspension/expulsion policies.

According to the petition, no material revisions were made to the current document from the original charter petition approved by the Hart Governing Board in March 2010.

AEALAS is a non-profit, voluntary public school choice for families with students in grades 7 to 12.  Currently in its seventh year of operations, the school educates 456 students about “intellectual, artistic, physical, technological, and social competencies.”

Board members are also expected to discuss whether they will make a provisional appointment or call for a special election to fill the remainder of resigning Board Member Robert Hall’s term.

Hall’s resignation will be effective Feb. 1, 2017.  The board will have 60 days to make a provisional appointment or hold a special election to fill the position through November 2018.

If the board chooses to make an appointment, it must announce this decision to the public through a press release by Feb. 2.  Applications for the position will then be accepted until March 1.

On March 3, individuals will be notified of the date and time of their interviews before the interviews and board vote occurs on March 15.  The chosen appointee will then take the oath of office April 19.

The board will also adopt its new board policy for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction, as well as its revised administrative regulation for Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement, as no changes were suggested to the policies during their first reading Jan. 18.

Additional agenda items:

  • Listen to a school site report from Placerita Junior High School Principal Jan Hayes-Rennels about the school’s goals and programs
  • Approve request to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for Southern Access Road at Castaic High School and proposal for preconstruction project management services for Castaic High School Southern Access Road
  • Recognize Feb. 6-10 as National School Counseling Week titled “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential”
  • Proclaim February as Career Technical Education month to focus public attention on educational training of high school students to fulfill need for skilled workers
  • Conduct a first reading of revised administrative regulations: Absences and Excuses; and High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency

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