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A high school in my backyard is OK

Posted: October 28, 2008 7:17 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
With regards to the front page article published Oct. 18 stating "Val Verde residents oppose Castaic High School site," I am a Val Verde resident and support the location for the high school in the industrial center.

I would like to respectfully address Luke Salzarulo's concerns that he mentions in the article.
The first concern is the traffic it will bring. Access to the school site is not through Val Verde. The community of Castaic will be taking Commerce Center Drive to access the school site, not going through our small, quaint community of Val Verde.

The second concern mentioned was noise. I don't hear any noise coming from the huge industrial center behind us with its thousands of employees. The students will be in classrooms most of the day with the exception of P.E. and other curricular activities with the majority of their day ending around 3 p.m., leaving the parking lot empty. As far as future football games, track meets, etc., I welcome the excitement and sense of community.

The third concern was pollution. Again, any more than the industrial center brings with its thousands of employees? As far as the light pollution you mentioned, we may see a glow on game nights. However with the ridgeline protected, I don't see it as a floodlight beaming down on our community and feel we would still be able to enjoy our beautiful star-lit night sky.

Then there is access, a two-part question. First, yes, it is possible to walk over the hill to access the industrial area/future school site. However, last time I checked, this is private property owned by Sterling Gateway which also happens to be planning to build ranch homes opposite the school site on the Val Verde side. When he does develop his land, we can then address to him the possibility of creating/including paved access for students if that is what the majority wants.

Next, having to buy bus passes. If the school site were elsewhere, wouldn't we have to buy bus passes anyway? Lastly, yes, there are no sidewalks in Val Verde because the people of the community voted to keep its rural feel.

Now can we look at some of the positives. Our own school to call home and to root for! Less overcrowding for our kids, keeping our kids together instead of being torn between two different high schools, shorter driving distance and more teacher employment opportunities. An amphitheater for our kids to show off their drama skills, and the band to perform concerts. A meeting place for various clubs and activities needing a home, like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. We will eventually have our own athletic field to host our schools games and have a place to practice for all the various sports, and so many more.

I am so tired of hearing, "Not in my backyard!" Is this statement putting the future of our children first?

Haven't we waited long enough? Let's show everyone what a wonderful family community we are and join together with our Castaic neighbors and the rest of Santa Clarita families and show our support not only for the future site of Castaic High School but for Measure SA which we need in order to get our school built.

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