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Pact possible in petition against Castaic High School project

Posted: February 5, 2014 2:49 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2014 2:49 p.m.

Members of the William S. Hart Union High School District board are expected to discuss whether to ratify terms of an agreement to settle a legal challenge to the Castaic High School project during a board meeting tonight.
That challenge comes from a local group, Citizens for Castaic, which filed a court petition in 2012 alleging the Hart district violated the California Environmental Quality Act when its board approved environmental documents related to the project.
Another concern cited by the group is dual access for the site, which the group has said should be required before the school is allowed to open.
Hart district board President Steve Sturgeon said Wednesday that the district board will discuss the terms of the agreement during closed session at tonight’s board meeting. The board will then vote on whether to approve the terms of the agreement, Sturgeon said.
Citizens for Castaic and officials from Los Angeles County will also have to ratify the agreement, Sturgeon said. After all parties have signed off on the pact, the terms can be disclosed, Sturgeon said.
Richard Landy, president of Citizens for Castaic, could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday, but in a message sent to the Hart district Landy praised district Chief Operations Officer Ben Rodriguez for his work, including on the Castaic High School project.
“The enormity of the new Castaic High School Project and associated improvements such as the access routes, drainage, sewer, water, etc. requires just such an experienced staff member as Ben,” the letter reads.
The letter goes on to praise Rodriguez for demonstrating “a sincere compassion” and being “extremely honest.”
The Hart district meeting begins tonight at 7 p.m. in the district offices at 21380 Centre Pointe Parkway.
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