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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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oldman: Posted: August 25, 2014 4:39 p.m.

me thinks we have an errant post matey

castaicjack: Posted: August 25, 2014 9:05 p.m.

Coming back on topic, I bet the residents can't wait to hear the droning of the heavy construction trucks laboring on the hillsides. I wonder what collateral damage might occur to the old road with all that heavy equipment traversing it on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, keep telling yourselves the school is "desperately needed"...

resident: Posted: August 25, 2014 11:11 p.m.

Can you please tell me where all the water is coming from for the grading and infrastructure? California is in a drought afterall!! --edited.

Allan_Cameron: Posted: August 26, 2014 9:19 a.m.

There will be no heavy equipment on the old road on a daily basis. Once the grading equipment is delivered to the project, it will stay there until the work is completed.

castaicjack: Posted: August 26, 2014 10:11 a.m.

Yeah, sure it will...

CastaicClay: Posted: August 26, 2014 2:01 p.m.

Yeah, nothing like joy-riding down to The Old Road in some heavy equipment...

castaicresident: Posted: August 27, 2014 7:42 p.m.

Yes, it is true. The destruction of this area of Castaic has begun. Unfortunately, I am forced to witness this every day when I leave my house.

Thanks Hart Board and all the folks that rallied for and insisted on this bad location. Sit back all of you and enjoy a sense of relief that it didn't end up in your backyards. Wow, tell me, what does that feel like? It's too bad really, because there were far better locations that would not have done such significant damage to the environment and the area residents that have mysteriously been denied over the years - hmmm....

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