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Traffic study filed for Einstein elementary school

Posted: December 26, 2013 5:01 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2013 5:01 p.m.

The city of Santa Clarita has received a needed traffic study for the planned Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences elementary school on Rye Canyon Road, but it will still likely take weeks before the study can be reviewed or approved, according to officials.

City spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said the traffic study was filed last week, as was a revised site plan for the area.

“Staff will take two to three weeks to review these studies,” she wrote in an email.

The city requested that traffic study after reviewing Einstein’s original conditional use permit application, which was deemed incomplete in July, according to documents.

That permit is necessary for Einstein to operate a public charter school at the site.

A new permit application would be subject to review by the Santa Clarita Planning Commission, but Ortiz said a commission hearing has not yet been scheduled.

She estimated the earliest the commission could consider such a document would be its second meeting in February.

Should the application be approved, Einstein officials would still have to obtain the necessary permits to resume construction at the school site. Work was halted by a city stop-work order in late July after it was found that construction was taking place on the site without proper permits.

Unable to open the Rye Canyon school as scheduled, Einstein officials had to look elsewhere for a campus. They set up two temporary locations for students, with those in kindergarten and first grade at Agua Dulce Elementary School and those in grades two through six in Acton.

The Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District granted Einstein a charter for the elementary school in May.
Another Einstein Academy location for middle and high school students is chartered through the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Originally, the expectation was that the elementary Einstein school would be located within the boundaries of the Saugus Union School District, to which Einstein had unsuccessfully submitted four petitions for a charter school.

But paperwork filed with the state later revealed that Einstein planned to open the school at the Rye Canyon property, which would put it within the boundaries of the Castaic Union School District.
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