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Castaic’s Romero Canyon high school site is too remote

Posted: March 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Need something to do this weekend? Does a nice drive in the country fit the bill? Why don’t you check out the area that the Hart school board is pursuing as its preferred site for Castaic’s high school.

You’ll need to be prepared. Pack a lunch and take ample water. Take a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle. Watch out for wildlife crossing the dirt road; it is abundant back in the canyons.

As you maneuver up Parker Road, you’ll notice the pavement ends. You may find yourself wondering why the Hart board thinks this is a suitable school location, since there aren’t actually houses nearby. You have left the population center of Castaic far behind you, and you still haven’t reached the site.

Now you’re driving up an incredibly steep incline. “Surely this can’t be it,” you think. “How will the kids walk or bike to school?” That steep slope, the one that reminds you of the Grapevine, is the one and only access to the school. As Parker Road begins to swing to the left, you’ll have to imagine the road continuing straight up and over the canyon.

Unless you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you won’t be able to reach the site because there is no road. To actually get to the property, you would need to drive up and over the canyon, follow Sloan Road for a while, and then traverse up and over yet another canyon.

Our children won’t be able to walk or ride their bikes to this site. The slope is too steep. The only proposed road is a two-lane access, and it is just too far away from where neighborhoods are. Imagine the congestion along the narrow single entry.

This land is available because no one can or will build out there. The developer has been trying to unload it for years.

There are a number of other closer, safer and more cost-effective sites that better serve Castaic. They can be built more quickly. Overcrowding would be alleviated at other district schools, and Castaic students would have their long-promised school more rapidly.

Every Castaic parent should drive out to see the road and area for themselves.

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