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Posted: May 15, 2010 1:15 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I am increasingly dismayed at the failure of the school districts to solve the problem of where our Castaic children will attend high school.

It seems every year about this time the situation takes the stage front and center, and then when school lets out for summer it is brushed under the rug yet again.

As a Castaic resident with school-age children, I have witnessed firsthand the anxiety this is repeatedly causing our Castaic families.  

My oldest child graduated from West Ranch High school last year. His brother, two grades younger, was scheduled to go to Valencia High School. Not an easy situation for our family, as neither child yet drove.

After much thought and many sleepless nights, we decided to send our second child to West Ranch as a transfer student. This is an option for any child slated for one high school with a sibling at the other.

After taking him out of West Ranch for a semester to help him get ahead academically in his junior year, we had to fight (and almost lost) to get him back into West Ranch, because the district still considered Valencia his “home school.”

Never mind that he had never attended school there. This all caused our family unbelievable stress.

My youngest child is currently in seventh grade and is already anxious about what will happen when it’s time for her to go to high school. We have had to reassure her multiple times she will be able to stay with her friends, yet we can’t tell her which school she will attend. It kind of makes it hard for her to believe our reassurances.

I agree with (Castaic Union School District board President) David Huffaker, both are good schools — but pick one. All children deserve to feel secure about their education.  

In The Signal’s front-page article on Feb. 4 (“Castaic students left to wonder”), Rob Gapper (assistant superintendent of human resources for the William S. Hart Union High School District), commenting on the idea of not splitting up our kids, was quoted as saying “We (the Hart district) looked at that about six months ago and we are going to look at it again now that (Huffaker) has raised the issue.”

Seriously?  “Looking at it” doesn’t solve it. Thank God Huffaker was there to “raise the issue” yet again.  

Until Castaic has a high school of its own (which it seems may never happen), I’m begging you, Hart district. Make some decisions and give our community — and especially our children — some peace of mind.


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