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Castaic High faces delay

Expected opening date for new school has been pushed back to 2017 as district waits for necessary pe

Posted: June 15, 2014 9:35 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2014 9:35 p.m.

Hart district officials have pushed back the projected opening date for long-awaited Castaic High School another year as they work to get necessary permits.

The expected opening date for the school is now 2017, according to William S. Hart Union High School District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

“We have extended the projected opening date to 2017 and we are awaiting permits to begin grading,” Pinsker said. “We are anxious to get moving on this highly anticipated project for the students and families of the Castaic and Val Verde communities.”

This marks the latest delay for the long-planned project. Early last year district officials pushed back the anticipated opening date for the high school to 2016.

When the school does open its doors, it will welcome an inaugural class of ninth-graders only.

As of now, officials say, they are still waiting to secure the necessary grading permits to move forward with work at the school site in the Romero Canyon area of Castaic.

At the State of the County luncheon held in May, Edel Vizcarra, planning deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the district could get the necessary permits within a month.

“As you heard at the State of the County luncheon, we are expecting the grading permits to begin on-site work,” Pinsker said.

“It was announced that we should have that in the next 30 days. That is all we are looking for right now.”

Meanwhile, weekly meetings are being held on the project.

“Regular weekly meetings with project stakeholders are taking place, as is the normal course of business with all of our construction projects, whether they be for modernization or new construction,” Pinsker said.

Vizcarra said such meetings are helpful to keep everyone informed.

“We’re all on the same page now and we’re all working together to make sure that this happens,” he said of the school.



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