Mr. Kuhlman will move into the new position once current Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht retires. Her contract expires June 30, 2020.
Entering his twenty-fourth year in public school education, Mr. Kuhlman has been with the Hart School District for 22 years. He began as a history teacher at Saugus High School in 1997 before becoming an assistant principal at Canyon in 2001. After a brief stint as the interim principal opening Rancho Pico Junior High School, Mr. Kuhlman became the principal of Placerita Junior High in 2006. Six years later he transitioned to principal of Canyon High School before moving to the district office in 2014 as assistant superintendent of Educational Services. In 2018 he was elevated to Deputy Superintendent.
“The future of the Hart District is one that presents both challenges and opportunities and I am optimistic and hopeful about what we are going to be able to do together,” Mr Kuhlman said. “Because of the wonderful people that we have, from students to the teachers to the administrators to my colleagues to the Board, all give me hope for a positive future in the Hart District.”
The Governing Board pointed to the success the District has had in recent years as the reason why they wanted to “elevate from within.” The district is one of only 18 districts in the state of California to be named an “Exemplary District,” and has placed all six of its comprehensive high schools (Canyon, Golden Valley, Hart, Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch) in the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
“The Hart District Governing Board is extremely pleased that Mike Kuhlman will now be serving as the District’s Superintendent-Elect,” said Governing Board President Bob Jensen. “Mr. Kuhlman is very passionate about providing the utmost in opportunities for all students. The commitment and dedication he has for public education will be of great value to the district’s stakeholders and the entire community of Santa Clarita.”
Mr. Kuhlman graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1994, earned his teaching credential from UC Irvine in 1995, and his Master’s degree and administrative credential from the University of La Verne in 2001. He and his wife Cindi and their sons live in Santa Clarita.
The Hart School District consists of 17 schools and serves over 22,000 students in grades 7-12, plus an adult school.