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Our View: Castaic high school closer to fruition

Posted: May 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In the decadelong odyssey of building a high school in Castaic, progress has been fleeting and often underwhelming.
So that’s why the Editorial Board is happy to hear that the William S. Hart Union High School District finally OK’d the purchase of the Romero Canyon site last week for future construction.

We’re not advocating the location over another one — an often-controversial debate topic. We’re simply in favor of progress on a project that is so long overdue that students who were in high school when the first plans for a Castaic high school were laid out might have their own children in Castaic’s inaugural class.

We urge the district to just keep the train moving forward toward an actual, tangible, usable high school being built, instead of remaining on the impossibly long detour it’s been meandering down for more than a decade.

To give perspective on how long Castaic has waited for a high school, the delays began before iPods existed; “Lost” was still three years from hitting the air; the first “Shrek” movie was dominating the box office; Mark McGwire still owned the single-season home run record; people were just learning the name “Enron;” and Sept. 11 was still just another day on the calendar.

The world has changed quite a lot since then, but the high school in Castaic is still little more than a thought. But last week’s purchase approval is a big step in the right direction toward the planned 2014 grand opening.

However, it’s not exactly a done deal yet, as the district is still waiting on an environmental impact report, or EIR, to ensure that it truly is the right location to build the seemingly mythological high school.

Board members last week also approved roughly $200,000 in contracts for geotechnical and environmental studies on the proposed site. While we hope this signals the homestretch on preconstruction expenses, we appreciate the thoroughness of the district to get it right and get it done.

We give kudos to the district for being proactive and getting its ducks in a row for when the EIR is released so it can — finally — get some shovels in the ground.


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