SANTA CLARITA – The Hart School District governing board Wednesday approved the appointment of Dr. Michael Vierra to the position of Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources.
Dr. Vierra comes to the Hart School District after more than 20 years in public education with the Lancaster and the Antelope Valley Union High School Districts. Dr. Vierra began his career as a teacher at the elementary level and then moved to junior high and high school.
His administrative experience has all been at the secondary level including the position of principal at Palmdale High School and as the first principal of William J. “Pete” Knight High School in Palmdale. For the last eight years, Dr. Vierra has served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational and Student Services in the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
Dr. Vierra has a Bachelor of Arts in Diversified Liberal Arts from the University of San Diego, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. He is a resident of Santa Clarita with his wife Elizabeth, an elementary school teacher, and two sons, John and Andrew, both of whom currently attend schools in the Hart School District.
“I really look forward to continuing the great work going on in the Hart School District and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Dr. Vierra said in a news release.
Dr. Vierra’s appointment is effective January 7, 2013. He replaces Rob Gapper, who retires this month after more than 33 years with the Hart School District.
The William S. Hart Union High School District is located in the Santa Clarita. Approximately 23,000 students are enrolled in the district’s six comprehensive high schools, a continuation school, middle college high school, independent study school, six junior high schools, an adult school and a Regional Occupational Program. Two of the district’s schools, Golden Valley High School and Arroyo Seco Junior High, were named California Distinguished Schools in 2007, and Rancho Pico Junior High received that honor in 2009.
(Information via press release from the William S. Hart Union High School District.)