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Update April 17, 2013

April 17th, 2013

The Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to name the school Castiac 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. Click here for the report

Update January 23, 2013

January 23rd, 2013

Ben Rodriguez, Interim Chief Operations Officer, stated that prior to work beginning on the site, he has reviewed the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and has met with various individuals involved with the project. Additionally, he is focusing on the mitigation measures in the EIR and has met with Los Angeles County and the site developer.

Public Relations Officer Gail Pinsker reviewed a process for naming the planned high school in Castaic based on Board Policy 7310 - Naming of Facility. Ms. Pinsker plans to use an online survey tool to reach out to the community for suggestions. As is recommended in the board policy,  an advisory committee will be formed, which will review the submissions  and present 10 school names from the survey, that were top suggestions or of interest to the committee for Board consideration in naming the school.  The advisory committee will be comprised of a representative from each Castaic School District school, as designated by Castaic Superintendent James Gibson, or his designees; one parent residing in Castaic with a student attending West Ranch High School and one parent from Castaic with a student at Valencia High School; a District representative; Castaic Town Council representative; Val Verde Town Council representative and two at-large representatives. Superintendent Challinor has appointed Ms. Pinsker as chair of the committee, which is expected to meet one time only to prepare name suggestions for Board consideration. The recommendations of the advisory committee will be brought before the Board in April for name selection.

Update November 7, 2012

December 17th, 2012

Board approval of 5-0 in closed session, reported in public session, by board president Gloria Mercado-Fortine:

“The Board met in Closed Session and reviewed a proposed new purchase agreement for the acquisition of a high school in Castaic. The Board approved the purchase agreement and copies are available to the public.”

Negotiating party: Romero Cyn, LLC, Romero Cyn II, LLC, and Larry Rasmussen.

Mr. Tom Cole, Chief Operations Officer, stated that on January 19, 2011, the Board authorized the employment of Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke (RRC) for design services for the high school in Castaic. He said the original design was developed for the Romero Canyon site, and RRC has revised the design for the Hybrid site at no additional cost to the District.

RRC Principal Roger Clarke presented a design report. Click here for Design Report. Mr. Cole stated that the design of the school is within the budget of $130 to $160 million.

Update December 12, 2012

December 12th, 2012

Mr. Tom Cole, Chief Operations Officer, reported that since Board actions took place at the Board meeting on November 7, 2012, for Castaic area high school, i.e. architectural contracts with Ruhnau Ruhnau Clark, construction documents, civil engineering work, and purchase agreement with the seller, the project team has been busy continuing with further soils investigation, and the civil engineer has begun working on the off-site design improvements. He stated there have been multiple Los Angeles County meetings with the project team and District staff planned to meet with Division of State Architect (DSA) representatives on Dec. 13, 2012 to talk about schedule, process, and permitting of civil engineering plans, which will be submitted in the first quarter of next year. Additionally, the second settlement conference meeting with Citizens for Castaic was scheduled for Dec. 14, 2012 on the pending litigation for the high school site. Mr. Cole said the civil engineering work for the final plan is a 90-120 day process with the expectation of submitting it to the agency by the end of March and staff would learn in the following few days how long plan check will take in DSA.

Update October 17, 2012

October 17th, 2012

Resolution No. 12/13-17 - APPROVED by the Board 5-0.

Making Certain Required Written Findings Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Education Code for the Castaic High School Project and Certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Project.

Tom Cole, Chief Operations Officer, related that on October 3, 2012, staff presented the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to the Governing Board for consideration and potential certification at the Oct. 17th meeting. The District received numerous public comments on the draft report, the majority asking that if the project is approved, it be approved with the requirement that dual access be in place prior to the opening of the school. Staff has recommended to the Board that if the project is approved, it should include dual access. Mrs. Wiles, legal counsel from Bowie,
Arneson, Wiles and Giannone, cautioned the Board that making the opening of the high school in Castaic contingent upon both access points being in place could preclude the school’s opening. Mr.
Mears, from the Planning Center, gave a report on the status of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process and information on requests made through public comments. Three public comments were made, two of them in favor of both access points being in place prior to the opening of the high school in Castaic, and one in support of the Final Environmental Impact Report. A motion was made and duly seconded to adopt Resolution No. 12/13-17, Making Certain Required Written Findings Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Education Code for the Castaic High School Project and Certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Project, a copy of which is hereby made a part of the minutes of this
meeting by reference as if fully set forth herein.

Resolution No. 12/13-18 - APPROVED by the Board 5-0.

Adopting a Mitigation Monitoring Program, Findings of Fact, and a Statement of Overriding Considerations for the Castaic High School Project; Approving the Project; and Delegating Authority to Staff to Prepare and Execute a Notice of Determination.

Three public comments were made, two against approving Resolution No. 12/13-18 and one requesting that the Board vote tonight to approve Resolution No. 12/13-18. A motion was made and duly
seconded to approve Resolution No. 12/13-18 - Adopting a Mitigation Monitoring Program, Findings of Fact, and a Statement of Overriding Considerations for the Castaic High School Project; Approving the Project; and Delegating Authority to Staff to Prepare and Execute a Notice of Determination, as amended, a copy of which is hereby made a part of the minutes of this meeting by
reference as if fully set forth herein.