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April 26, 2013

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station's Career Offenders, Burglary, and Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) team asked for the public’s assistance in identifying two people of interest thought to be responsible for four separate incidents of school burglary that occurred over the spring break between Friday, March 29, 2013 and Friday, April 05, 2013. 

News media, including network television news programs, aired surveillance video and photos caught by school camera systems. The photos depicted one of the two men believed to have stolen items from inside the administration building during the Hart High School burglary. Detectives began receiving tips from our proactive and involved Santa Clarita residents. Detectives were able to use the information obtained from the public to develop suspect information. 

On Friday, April 19, 2013, during the early morning hours, Gonzalo Ortiz, a 20 year-old male and suspected gang member from Santa Clarita, was arrested along with a 17 year-old male in connection with the school burglaries. Suspect Ortiz is being held without bail, due to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. He is scheduled to appear in North Valley Superior Court on Wednesday, May 01, 2013. 

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station have continued to follow leads and investigative trails in the case. As a result, additional search warrants have been issued and served at other Santa Clarita locations. Those search warrants have resulted in the recovery of some of the stolen school property. 

The investigation is continuing as detectives work to keep our schools and community safe. Fortunately, high resolution cameras on many of our school campuses are also assisting in making it extremely difficult for these late night criminals to get away without detection. “We will not tolerate criminals victimizing our schools and disrupting the educational process,” said Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “We will utilize our school and community partnerships and available resources to apprehend and prosecute these individuals. The safety of our schools is always a top priority for the men and women of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station,” concluded Becker. 
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July 14, 2011

The technology department is particularly busy during the summer prepping systems and installing updates in advance of the school year. We continue to push forward with the re-imaging project, a process through which we are also collecting an inventory of existing systems. As a result, we are quantifying a large number of older machines that require, at the very least, memory upgrades to bring them up to modern standards, and reporting these deficiencies to the site administrators. For those that are viable, we are asking that site admins purchase appropriate memory upgrades. As many of the site administrators are on vacation, obtaining responses from a number of them is proving to be difficult. As such, we are prepping the machines to be imaged, so that we can initiate the process at any time after the memory upgrades, even if that proves to be after the new school year has begun.

Additionally, each summer we clean up and update all of the netbook carts, which include roughly 2500 machines. As these devices are used extensively throughout the school year by students, they tend to require a good deal of "refreshing" to get back into shape for the new school year, including fresh software updates, antibacterial wipedown, and often a thorough rewiring of the carts whose wiring has worked itself loose through regular use. This too is a rather time consuming and labor intensive process, but is vital to the continued effectiveness of the SWATTEC program.

As part of the SWATTEC program, we continue to work with U.C. Irvine to plan and prepare for using the new LiveInk system in some of our SWATTEC classrooms. As part of this process, the instruction department has been coordinating the volunteer teacher pool, and we have been providing materials and prepping the software for deployment in the research classrooms. We are looking forward to getting these new tools in student/teacher hands next year, and expect impressive results as part of this exciting program.

Finally, we are updating our server and imaging infrastructure in preparation for the new school year. First, we are adding support for Windows 7, as Windows XP reached end-of-life during last school year and is no longer available or supported. We are also applying a number of system software updates, updating Zimbra to the latest release, and reconfiguring our web server infrastructure in preparation for bringing the school websites under the district's system umbrella. As part of this process, we are working with Westcreek to pilot the system design and operation.

Obviously, this represents significant work for every member of our department, and we are pleased to have welcomed our newest member, Antonio Arana to the team. We look forward to bringing new innovation and greater support to the learning environment in the coming year.

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