After just minutes of discussion Friday night, Hart school board members offered the helm of the district to an Orange County assistant superintendent who will, if hired, become its first-ever minority superintendent. The decision to hire Jaime Castellanos came easily after the board’s early morning trip to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, where Castellanos is currently assistant superintendent of secondary schools, board members said.
“It was eye-opening,” said board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine. “They were really finding it very difficult to see him leave, and that says a lot.”
If contract talks are successful, the 28-year veteran in education would take over leadership of the William S. Hart Union High School District on July 1.
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