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Dr. Pete Getz Named Interim Principal Of Valencia High School

Dr. Pete Getz, the current Hart District director of student services has been named the interim principal of Valencia High School after Steve Ford announced his intention to resign, officials said Thursday.

Getz spent 10 years as a principal at Sequoia, Learning Post and Academy of the Canyons before being named to his current position in April, according to William S. Hart High School Union officials.

The current principal Ford was expected to resign effective Sept. 30 but is now resigning on Friday, with Getz to take over on Monday, according to Hart District Superintendent Mike Kuhlman

“Dr. Getz is a well-respected instructional leader with an excellent reputation as a principal at multiple sites in our District,” said Kuhlman. “I’ve asked Dr. Getz to focus on communication, visibility and team dynamics at the school.”

Getz is expected to continue in his primary role as director of student services, but will be based at Valencia High School until the position is permanently filled, according to officials. 

See Related: Valencia High Principal To Resign Following Controversial Facebook Post

The District is set to open the search both internally and externally to candidates, taking the appropriate time to find the right person for the school, according to officials. 

This will include listening to the students, staff and parents of the Valencia community before starting the interview process, making a selection and recommending a candidate to the Governing Board, according to officials.

“We will be looking for someone who can embrace the exceptional history and tradition of this school, while also establishing a vision that invites everyone to be a part of building a better future for the students, the staff and the families of our community,” Kuhlman said. “I’ve already scheduled multiple meetings/phone calls/Zoom sessions with various stakeholder groups who have reached out to me with a desire to share input.  We want to take the time to get this right.”

Valencia High School opened its doors in 1994, becoming the fourth comprehensive high school in the Hart School District behind Hart, Canyon and Saugus. Today, the District has seven comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school (Bowman), a middle college high school (AOC), and an independent learning high school (Learning Post Academy).

“There are many reasons to be proud of Valencia High School,” Kuhlman said. “I would like the new principal to be one of them.”

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Dr. Pete Getz Named Interim Principal Of Valencia High School


  1. Hoping we can keep this one…

    Cancel culture seems to be a tactic to remove anyone who has an opinion. We run wonderful leaders out of our schools in this community based on their political views and beliefs. Meanwhile Barlavi on the SUSD Board can spew hate and violence on social media. Double standard much?!

  2. He’s only temporary. Why not bring back Ms. Wilson. She was a teacher there and was well liked as an Assistant Principal before she left but please don’t go out of the district again they don’t understand our school or our children.

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