The Hart district started the year with opposition from Citizens for Castaic, a grassroots group of Castaic-area residents who objected to the Hart district’s support of a proposed school site in Romero Canyon on 113 acres of raw land owned by local developer Larry Rasmussen.At the time, Citizens for Castaic claimed the hilly land would be prone to landslides, floods and wildfires.
But despite the objections, many of which were ruled out in subsequent environmental studies, the Hart district marched on with its plans for Castaic high school. In February, Hart district leaders told the public at a meeting that they were closer than ever to giving the Castaic community a high school.
At the community meeting, the district unveiled plans for a school campus that would eventually house 2,600 high school students. The Hart district said it wants to open the school to freshman only in fall 2014, then build the rest of the student body one year at a time.
Without the school, Castaic-area high school students must commute along Interstate 5 daily to West Ranch and Valencia high schools, which have dealt with student overcrowding issues.
This is great if this can get done on time. Santa Clarita needs to relieve the pressure placed on the other schools by Castaic not having their own high school.
Plus with the future development coming into Castaic this will affect the local Real Estate market positively.