Castaic High School opening delayed

first_imgHart Union High School District officials were dismayed by the latest delay because they had hoped to begin construction next March and open the campus in fall 2010. “Now that is delayed significantly, and we don’t know what new planning or approvals will come at this point,” said Rob Gapper, Hart’s chief operations officer. Gapper said the district has been looking at alternate locations, including the Castaic-Mesa site being offered by The Newhall Land and Farming Company. “We have done a preliminary investigation, and the Department of Education believes it is a viable site,” Gapper said. The downside, he said, is that the district would once again have a high school tied to a proposed residential development whose lengthy approval process hasn’t started. The Sterling-Gateway site is a more recent option brought to the district by Castaic community members. The site is located in a predominantly industrial area, Gapper said, but it could be a possibility because of its central location. “We are still looking at Northlake as our school site,” Gapper said. “But we are also working on identifying the timelines involved with each of these alternative sites, and we are looking at the cost for the property, infrastructure and for all environmental issues that may come up.” Castaic students have recently been reassigned from West Ranch to Valencia High to alleviate overcrowding at the westside campus. “There will be 6,700 kids between Valencia and West Ranch High by the time my daughter is in high school,” said Mike Jackson, a father of two from Castaic. “They won’t be able to hold all of those students, and they don’t seem have a solution.” John Kunak, a Castaic Town Council member and president of the Castaic Union School District, said the Hart district has failed to move quickly enough. “The Hart district has obtained taxes and fees from the Castaic community which have been used to educate all of our students, but which should have also provided funds to build a high school in the community when appropriate,” he added. “Well, it is clearly appropriate now.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – The opening of a Castaic High School, originally scheduled for next month, has been delayed again, probably until 2011-12, although officials are unsure when the community will actually get its own campus. The latest delay came after discussion of the related 3,700-home Northlake project was removed from the Los Angeles County Planning Commission’s agenda. “We don’t know when the development will be back on the commission’s agenda,” said Paul Novak, planning deputy for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Novak said there are unresolved issues involving traffic and environmental effects, as well as inconsistencies between an earlier approved plan and a revised plan. last_img

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