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John Kunak: Will the Hart district finally treat Castaic fairly?

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Posted: March 27, 2010 8:46 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Not only has the William S. Hart Union High School District failed to build the high school it promised, but the district has also failed to keep its promise to keep Castaic students together until the school is built.

A promise was made in 2005 to allow all graduates from Castaic Middle School to attend West Ranch High School until a Castaic high is built.

That promise was broken in 2007 when Castaic Middle School graduates were assigned to Valencia High School for two years.
Now the Hart district is discussing another assignment change for Castaic students - the third in the last five years.

Fortunately, at its March 17 meeting the Hart district board questioned this abuse of Castaic students. Members asked that the latest recommended boundary change be tabled, and that staff look at ways to keep the Castaic community together.

The board is to be commended for its action.

If the district finds the need to balance its enrollment by changing boundaries, I proposed at that meeting, board members should arrange for some other school to experience the turmoil that occurs when eighth-grade graduates and their families must choose between attending the high school of a sibling or that of a friend with whom they have attended school for the past nine years.

The board is expected to make a decision at its March 31 meeting, and it's with great anticipation I await a vote in which Castaic students are treated the same as other Hart district students.

It is imperative the Hart district finally treat Castaic the same as it treats all the other portions of the district and avoid separating the community.

John Kunak is a local attorney who served on the Castaic Area Town Council from 2000-2008 and as a member of the Castaic Union School District board from 2001 through 2009. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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