Opponents would like to replace Mercado-Fortine

By Clarice L. Griffith
January 30, 2011

I can only hope the community can see what the problem is with the William S. Hart Union High School District school board.

It appears three of its members have a problem with board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine. Since issues have arisen several times with this particular board, I can only believe they are trying to move someone of their choosing into Mercado-Fortine’s seat.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700 exempts salaries paid by school districts to elected officials.

Mercado-Fortine is an educator. Needless to say, educators don’t do it for the money, but actually care about the children they work with daily.

As far as filing an amendment, that doesn’t appear to be uncommon. What I find costly to the taxpayers is the use of the district lawyer to look into this matter. Did board member Joe Messina decide not to file a complaint because he knew the FPPC would dismiss it?

I also find it ridiculous that a first-term board member becomes president of the board.

I grew up in this valley when people worked together, had integrity and didn’t use peer pressure or step on people to get what they want.

Mercado-Fortine served on Castaic Union School District board for 12 years, the Hart board for three terms and worked on the boards of various nonprofit agencies within our valley, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Child & Family Center and much more.

Her life has been dedicated to the Santa Clarita Valley and its people. Who better to know the needs of our community, the diversity of our students and has the experience?

I’ll stand with Mercado-Fortine over the bickering men on the board. Do you think we can get back to what board members are supposed to do for our school district?

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