SANTA CLARITA – Parents in the Hart Union High School District will be surveyed to help determine whether strides are being made to deal with the growing ethnic and racial diversity on local campuses. The survey, developed and tabulated by Western Regional Equity Network and the University of Arizona College of Education, will be mailed Tuesday. It is being funded by a federal grant to support educational equity in the Southwestern states. The survey, addressed to parents, will consist of 34 diversity-related questions that the district is hoping will help gauge whether students of various races and ethnic backgrounds are mixing well at schools and what improvements have been made since charges of racism brewed in recent years. The surveys are due by March 12 to get results in by the beginning of the next school year. They will be sent with postage-paid return envelopes. Hart school board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine said she is glad to see this wide-scale survey finally come about. Mercado-Fortine, a co-chairwoman of the district’s ad hoc diversity committee, said that group recommended the poll. “Part of what we agreed was to do assessments of the environment on campuses and in the community, so we don’t have as much of a disconnect,” she said. “By doing this we can really meet the needs and concerns of our community. We don’t live in a vacuum and as a community need to come together. The only way to do that is find out where everyone is at.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!