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Einstein appeal hearing delayed

Posted: June 10, 2014 10:46 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2014 10:46 p.m.

An appeal to the Santa Clarita City Council filed by officials from the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences seeking to open a school on Rye Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita Valley has been delayed until July.

Tuesday was set as the date of the appeal of a March decision of the Santa Clarita Planning Commission, which denied issuing a conditional use permit to operate an elementary school at 25300 Rye Canyon Road — near Einstein’s existing school for middle and high school students.

Einstein officials requested the appeal be delayed, according to the council agenda item. The council voted Tuesday night to continue the public hearing until July 8.

The conditional use permit would have allowed Einstein to operate a charter school for up to 650 students in kindergarten through sixth grade with an additional 37 teachers and employees, according to city documents.

“With the exception of a 2,100 square-foot artificial turf area and a 3,600 square-foot concrete picnic area, the proposed primary school would be conducted within the interior of an existing 53,000 square-foot commercial building consisting of 32 classrooms, an indoor gymnasium and play area at 25300 Rye Canyon Road,” reads the council agenda item on the matter.

City planning commissioners, citing potential traffic flow and safety impacts in the area, voted unanimously on March 4 to deny the project. Einstein then appealed the matter to the City Council.

Einstein received approval from the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District in May 2013 to open a charter elementary school, though the proposed Rye Canyon site falls in the boundaries of the Castaic Union School District.
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