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Feb 09

Castaic high school to expand infrastructure

Education: Permanent campus expected to open in 2014 with 4 million-gallon water tanks

By Natalie Everett
Signal City Editor
Feb. 9 , 2011

A new Castaic high school may come with as many as four water tanks — enough to hold four million gallons of water — and water and sewer access along more than a mile of N. Sloan Canyon Road leading up to William S. Hart Union School District’s proposed newest high school.

If the proposed site works out, the school would sit atop a hill, much like Golden Valley High School. The school’s classrooms would be housed in two-story buildings to maximize the space on the relatively small property site (114 acres), in part to make room for a football stadium, Hart district superintendent Rob Challinor said Tuesday.

Hart district board members selected the Romero Canyon property of developer Larry Rasmussen last year for the preferred site for the long-awaited high school.

The district has spent the last decade hunting for a suitable site for a high school in Castaic.

In the meantime, high school students living in Castaic are shuffled between West Ranch and Valencia high schools.

Rasmussen said he was prepared to ready the site for construction by grading the land and expanding N. Sloan Canyon Road west by about a mile-and-a-half, with sewer and water lines running under it.

The infrastructure would be enough to supply any housing or businesses built in the area, Rasmussen said during a Signal Editorial Board meeting Monday.

These details are being worked out in the real estate negotiations Rasmussen’s lawyers and the Hart district are hammering out, Rasmussen said.

On the school site will be a water tower, with room around it to build three more, he said. Each of them could hold up to 1 million gallons of water.

While the district at first planned to open the school in the fall of 2013 in temporary structures, Challinor said, it is now planning to open a permanent campus in the fall of 2014.

Architectural renderings of the school will be available during a Feb. 15 informational meeting about the school’s design and educational offerings, Challinor said.

“We want to shift the focus” from the contentious land selection process to the educational programs the school will offer, Challinor said.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to teach kids there,” he said.

The community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Castaic Middle School, 28900 Hillcrest Parkway in Castaic.
For details, e-mail district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker at gpinsker@hartdistrict.org.

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