Farewell, Madame Superintendent


Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht. Dan Watson/The Signal

The William S. Hart Union High School District is set to lose one of its most valuable members this coming March. The Superintendent of the school district, Vicki Engbrecht, is set to retire in March. It was expected for her retirement to take effect on June 30th, but has since been moved up to March 1st.
Mrs. Engbrecht started her career in the district 44 years ago as an English teacher at Sierra Vista Junior High School. She taught there for 17 years before she began to teach at Saugus High School, where she was named District Teacher of the Year and Los Angeles County District Teacher of the Year.
In 1991, Mrs. Engbrecht became the Dean of students at Canyon High School before moving into the Principal position in 1997. After that, she took the position of director of curriculum for the Hart District in 2002, then became the assistant superintendent of education services before being promoted to deputy superintendent in 2007. She became the superintendent in 2015. Since then, the District has been able to boast a 95% graduation rate, and in 2019 was named a California Exemplary District.
Since announcing her retirement, Mrs. Engbrecht has been reported to be helping her successor, Mike Kuhlman: Deputy Superintendent for the Hart District to make the transition between superintendents smoother. He is expected to step into his new role on March 2.
The President of the William S. Hart School District Board, Linda Storli stated, “As a superintendent she’s been amazingly understanding. If you hire from outside the district, it can take about three to four years to learn the culture and the district, but she already knew it.”
In a statement about her retirement, Mrs. Engbrecht said, “I’d like to thank all of you for helping to make our district what it is today! My husband and I intend to remain in the Santa Clarita Valley after my retirement, so I hope to stay engaged and involved in supporting our important work for years to come.” From The Grizzly Growler and the rest of the William S. Hart School district, thank you for your service, Madame Superintendent.