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Castaic school grading to begin

Phase of construction at upcoming high school expected to take 12-15 months, Hart district official

Posted: August 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Graders are expected to be on site and moving earth at Castaic High School within the next few weeks, according to officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District.

“The plan is to start moving in equipment over the next couple of weeks,” district Chief Operations Officer Ben Rodriguez said of the long-awaited, much-anticipated high school.

“The grading could take 12 to 14, 15 months, and our hope is we can get started with the buildings right after that,” Rodriguez said.

At last week’s Hart district board meeting, Rodriguez said construction of the school itself could take 24 to 30 months. The site selected for Castaic High School is in a relatively remote area of Castaic, and the site is rugged, requiring extensive grading.

In an interview after the board meeting, Rodriguez said it’s difficult to estimate how long it will take to build the school campus because the time line can change during construction.

“It’s a large project, one of the larger ones in the valley,” he said. “I believe we have the right contractors; we just have to let the experts do what they’re good at.”

As it stands, district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said last week the goal is still for the school to open in August 2017.

Whenever the school opens its doors, it will do so to a class of ninth-graders only, then add a grade each year until grades nine through 12 are on campus, according to the Hart district’s website.

A large share of the funding for the project comes from Measure SA — a $300 million bond measure approved by Santa Clarita Valley voters in 2008.
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