Get informed and know how your tax dollars are being spent for the Castaic High School.
Read the articles below from local Santa Clarita online papers:
Nothing positive about it:
Excerpt: “The 23-year resident, Beth Henderson, states 99.9 percent of Castaic residents support the Romero location. How did she come up with these numbers? I can tell you that in talking with my neighbors and other people, they are not in favor of this decision.”
Castaic high faces hurdles:
Excerpt: “Romero Canyon residents…Among the concerns: fire dangers in the rural, equestrian community and the possibility of landslides on the property, which is undeveloped and extremely hilly. The group is in the process of hiring an attorney to protect its rights.
Residents also say that building the school there would cost up to $30 million more than elsewhere, and the school would not be ready for the district’s projected 2013 opening.”
Locals oppose school plans in Castaic:
Excerpt: “Residents who live near the proposed high school site say several hazards make choice ‘ridiculous’. Citing concerns with landslides and student safety, a group of 50 Romero Canyon residents said Wednesday they strongly oppose the Hart district’s plan to build a high school in their neighborhood.”
Superintendent: Budget will remain rocky for 2 to 5 years:
Excerpt: “While the 23,000-student district is financially sound for the current fiscal year, getting through the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 fiscal years will be a challenge, Challinor said.
The state’s education funding crisis will remain a significant problem for the next three to five years, he said.”
Site Studies OK’d for Castaic High School location:
Excerpt: “The district has approved a proposal by The Planning Center (TPC) to complete environmental reports for the California Environmental Quality Assessment (CEQA), Geolabs-Westlake Village to perform more in-depth geological studies on the site, and RMA Group, Inc., to conduct a peer review of Geolabs’ findings.”
Hart District Approves Consultants for Castaic High School:
Excerpt: “The district has approved a proposal by The Planning Center to complete environmental reports for the California Environmental Quality Assessment (CEQA), Geolabs-Westlake Village to perform more in-depth geological studies on the site, and RMA Group, Inc., to conduct a peer review of Geolabs’ findings.”
Digging for what a genie?:
Excerpt: “I found it surprising and shocking that after Wiles informed the Hart district board of these easement issues, they immediately proceeded to vote 5-0 in favor of this site. More shocking, they want to spend our tax dollars on feasibility drillings before they make Rasmussen demonstrate he can resolve the easement issues that encumber his property.”
Romero Canyon not an ideal site:
Excerpt: “The location has the highest fire-hazard severity rating there is. The developer has not disclosed that it will be difficult, at best, to access your children when Interstate 5 closes due to a fire. Who of you living in Castaic don’t cringe when you hear I-5 is closed due to a fire under Santa Ana wind conditions? Instantly, our side streets become gridlocked with heavy traffic.”
You can always view and download updates for district board meetings each month at http://www.hartdistrict.org/castaic.