Study: Castaic high school site safe
Development: The proposed Romero Canyon’s landslide concerns can be worked through
Posted: November 11, 2010 9:23 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Progress toward building a much-needed Castaic high school moved forward this week when a group of studies found that Romero Canyon is a suitable site for the school.
Opponents of the site cited the potential for landslides on the property owned by local developer Larry Rasmussen, but the studies found that the Romero Canyon site is similar to others in Southern California and any problems could be worked through.
The findings came after the William S. Hart Union High School District board in August paid Geolabs-Westlake Village $260,000 to handle a geotechnical study of the vacant Castaic land.
Another company, RMA Group Inc., was hired by the board to check the findings and make sure the initial study was handled properly.
The 23,000-student Hart district has spent the last decade trying to build a high school to serve the Castaic community, which is located north of Santa Clarita along Interstate 5.
High school students currently living in Castaic have been shuffled between Valencia and West Ranch high schools, which Castaic families say tears their community apart.
In an effort to get the high school built, local voters in 2008 passed Measure SA, a $300 million construction bond with money earmarked for the school and plans to open the school by the 2013-14 school year.
Wednesday’s findings didn’t stop a handful of Castaic residents from speaking in opposition to the high school plans for the Romero Canyon site.
Castaic resident Dean Paradise said the “engineering gymnastics” needed to make Romero Canyon a suitable site for a high school would make way for a costly project.
“Is this in the best interest of Castaic and our students?” he asked board members.
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