William S. Hart Union High School District

Santa Clarita, CA

Castaic High School

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Castaic High School Updates
Presented to the Governing Board

July 10, 2014 Update on Castaic High School
The Hart School District has released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) on Castaic High School. The report will be submitted to the Hart Governing Board for approval at the July 16, 2014 regular school board meeting. The meeting will be held in the Hart School District boardroom at 21380 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita. Read more...

April 4, 2014 Update on Castaic High School
The Hart School District has released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) on the proposed Castaic High School project and the public has 45 days to review and comment on the project.  Read more ...

September 11, 2013 Update on Castaic High School
At the regular board meeting, Ben Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer, stated that the Castaic High School developer is waiting for the last jurisdictional permit from the Regional Water Quality Control Board, which will finalize the documentation that Los Angeles County requires before pulling the permit for the first segment of the Sloan Canyon road on the north side of campus, which will allow for water and utilities to the site.

July 17, 2013 Update on Castaic High School
At the regular board meeting, Ben Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer introduced Joe Gibson, Meridian Consultants, Randy Wrage, Spirit Holding, Inc. and Roger Clarke, Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke, who gave updates on the Environmental Mitigation Monitoring program and on the progress being made at the Castaic High School construction site. These items, amongst others, were addressed: access road development, which includes applications for jurisdictional permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the areas along the access road; geotechnical investigation, which resulted in approval from the California Geologic Survey; and reimbursement agreements for usage of the roads, water tanks and water pipes being installed that could bring substantial revenue to the District when future developers connect into these resources.

May 8, 2013, Update on Castaic High School

More than 100 invited guests joined the Hart School District Governing Board, Superintendent Rob Challinor, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and Assemblyman Scott Wilk for the historic groundbreaking ceremony for Castaic High School held on May 8, 2013. Guests enjoyed speeches from Antonovich and Wilk, as well as Board President Joe Messina and Board Member Gloria Mercado-Fortine, who grew up in Castaic and attended schools in the Castaic School District and Hart High School.

Castaic School District Superintendent Jim Gibson, members of his administrative team and governing board attended, as well as board members from Castaic Town Council, Val Verde Town Council, Valley Industry Association (VIA), SCV Chamber of Commerce, SCV Economic Development Corp and other agencies serving Santa Clarita. Developer Larry Rasmussen attended as did project consultants from architectural firm Ruhnau, Ruhnau and Clark; mitigation monitoring firm, Meridian Consultants, LLC; Attorney Wendy Wiles; SCV Sheriff's Department Captain Paul Becker and deputies and Saugus School District board members, as well as City of Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar and Councilwoman Laurene Weste. Members of the Measure SA Bond committee and the Castaic naming committee were also on hand for this momentous occasion.

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April 17, 2013, Update on Castaic High School
The Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to name the school Castaic High School. The Castaic Naming Advisory Committee recommended seven names to the board, as per Board Policy 7310 and the board selected Castaic High School. An online survey was conducted in February for community members, parents, staff and students to suggest a name for the new school, anticipated to open in August 2016. More than 330 suggestions were submitted. The Citizen Advisory Naming Committee was formed and met last month to review the survey results. The following people were on the naming committee: Gail Pinsker - Chair; Greg Lee - Hart District Director of Human Resources and Equity Services; Flo Lawrence - Castaic Town Council; Greg Kimura - Val Verde Town Council; Pete Romo - Valencia High School parent living in Castaic; Barbara Cawley - West Ranch parent living in Castaic; Roxanne Kamins - Castaic Elementary School representative (Parent / PTA); Michele Olafsson - Castaic Middle School representative (Teacher / Parent); Suzanne Graff - Live Oak Elementary School representative (Teacher / Castaic Teachers Association President); Kim Baljet - Northlake Hills Elementary School representative (Teacher / Parent); Renee Sabol - Castaic resident and John Zaring - Castaic resident / parent. The following seven names were recommended by the committee: Castaic High School, Castaic Lake High School, Castaic Hills High School, Ramona High School, Kashtuk High School, Romero Canyon High School and Lakeview High School.

Ben Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer, introduced Joe Gibson, of Meridian Consultants, LLC who presented a report on the progress of the Environmental Mitigation Monitoring program.

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March 26, 2013, Update on High School in Castaic
Progress is being made on many aspects of the project, including plans to name the school, groundbreaking ceremony planned, community information meeting scheduled and retaining a company to oversee the Mitigation Monitoring Program. Outside agencies, including the County of Los Angeles and utility service companies, are involved with permitting and obtaining necessary easements for construction of this 198 acre site, with a planned 71.4 acre school campus.

Naming the school - The Castaic Naming Advisory Committee representatives met on March 26, 2013 and created a list of seven names to recommend the board to select the name of the school. The board will take action on this item at the April 17, 2013 regular board meeting. As is stated in board policy, the board may select from the recommended names, or chose one of its own. A community survey was held in February with more than 330 entries, which was reviewed by the committee. The suggestions that will be recommended to the board are not necessarily the top vote getters, but the names that are most significant or noteworthy. The volunteer committee includes: Gail Pinsker - Chair, Hart District PR Officer; Greg Lee - Hart District Director of HR and Equity Services; Flo Lawrence - Castaic Town Council; Greg Kimura - Val Verde Town Council; Pete Romo - Valencia High School parent living in Castaic; Barbara Cawley - West Ranch parent living in Castaic; Roxanne Kamins - Castaic Elementary School rep (Parent / PTA); Michele Olafsson - Castaic Middle School rep (Teacher / Parent); Suzanne Graff - Live Oak Elementary School rep (Teacher / CTA President); Kim Baljet - Northlake Hills Elementary School rep (Teacher / Parent); Renee Sabol - Castaic resident and John Zaring - Castaic resident / parent.

Castaic Information Meeting - A meeting for the Castaic community will be held during the second half of 2013 to discuss the progress of construction and design of the high school that is scheduled to open in August 2016. Exact date will be announced in the future. Providing information during this meeting will be Robert Challinor, Superintendent and Benjamin Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer. They will discuss the projected building timeline, current status of the project. Other information will include a discussion of the conceptual site plan for the school, with the architects, mitigation monitoring company representative and property developer on hand, and education specifications that will meet the needs of students including academics, sports, electives and extra-curricular activities. Families in the Castaic and Val Verde communities, with students currently in 6th grade or younger, are urged to attend, to learn more about the school that their children will attend.

Mitigation Monitoring Program - The school board approved the retention of a mitigation monitoring company at the March 20, 2013 meeting, for purposes of overseeing the implementation of mitigation measures adopted as part of the EIR approval of October 2012. Meredian Consultants, LLC has been retained for this project and will monitor potential impacts of the project during construction including biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, air quality, aesthetics, noise, air quality, traffic and other environment-related concerns.

"The Hart School District is committed to the good stewardship of the high school site during construction and following build out," Rob Challinor, Superintendent said." We are dedicated to providing the citizens of Castaic with a state-of-the-art high school, while being mindful of the environmental impact to the Castaic area and our neighbors."



Progress Report, May 2014

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Hart Governing Board selects Romero Canyon as the preferred site, July 2010.

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Hart Governing Board approved architect, Ruhnau, Ruhnau and Clarke, LLC., Oct. 2010

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Purchase Agreement executed for Romero Canyon site, May 2011

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Hart Governing Board authorizes district staff to fully analyze a proposed "hybrid site" as an alternative site for Castaic area high school. The "hybrid site" expands the current preferred Romero Canyon site with the additional acreage of an adjacent property that became available for purchas Nov. 2011. Preferred site is 60 acres.

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Purchase Agreement amended to reflect hybrid site, December 2011

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3rd Notice of Preparation (NOP) recirculated for the hybrid site, February-March 2012. The public and all responsible agencies had the opportnity to comment on all NOP's.

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The Hart District's environmental consultant is finalizing the hybrid site's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) sections and is analyzing this preferred site under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is projected to circulate in early Summer 2012, with potential certification and approval by the Board expected in late Summer 2012.
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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) circulated from July 24, 2012 to Sept. 6, 2012.
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Environment Impact Report approved by board on Oct. 17, 2012
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Mitigation Monitoring company, Meridian Consultants, LLC, hired. March 20, 2013
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Castaic Naming Advisory Committee established and meeting held to create name recommendation list to board, as per Board Policy 7310. March 26, 2013

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Hart Governing Board officially names school, Castaic High School, April 17, 2013
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Dozer road created for geological testing, April 2013

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Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 8, 2013.

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Build a state-of-the-art school to serve Castaic community to serve current and future students.

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Opening of the Castaic area high school, if approved, is currently projected in August, 2017 for 9th graders.

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Projected opening for Castaic High School for 9th graders, Aug. 2017.