A Donation of $1,000,000 Has Been Awarded to the William S. Hart Union High School District by the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation

As President of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, I am thrilled to share the recent news that the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation has awarded the William S. Hart Union High School District with $1,000,000 to fund the construction of shade structures at 10 schools. Local news station KHTS AM 1220 provides more information on this donation.

Attorney Rick Patterson, Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation

The Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation was created in 1998 as a non-profit public benefit corporation after two failed school bond elections (the last one by 14 votes). We had a mission to better our communities through strengthening our local schools.

Our high schools were overcrowded to the point that students were being negatively impacted.  Valencia High School, for example, was originally designed for a maximum of 1,900 students, yet it had over 3,000 in attendance. Without the school bond financing to acquire school sites and build schools, the non-profit was created with the intention of acquiring land to develop a new school site.

This was 16 years ago, and in 2002 Golden Valley High School opened on a beautiful 60-acre site with one of the most stunning views in the Valley. Additionally, we acquired some 450 additional acres, which has been donated to the William S. Hart Union High School District to be land banked for the development of future school sites.

It has been a tremendously rewarding experience to work with the City of Santa Clarita, the William S. Hart Union High School District, among others, to develop real estate, and to generate revenues from the sale of the real estate to sufficiently purchase these various parcels.

In addition to the recent donation of $1,000,000 to develop shade structures to the William S. Hart Union High School District, the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation has also partnered with the city, local schools, and local organizations to help move 10,000,000 cubic yards of dirt to develop Golden Valley Road, construct a gymnasium at Sierra Vista Junior High, and donate $100,000 to the Hart District’s WiSH Education Foundation, among other achievements.

Visit the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation website if you’d like to learn more about our mission and our history. Please join me as we celebrate this momentous occasion in our local community together!

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