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School to open with all services available to other freshmen in district

Posted: July 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Romero Canyon site proposed for a Castaic high school will, by the end of the decade, house a 5,000-seat soccer/football stadium, an 800-seat performing arts center and at least 1,300 boisterous students roaming the grounds — if all goes as planned in a recently released draft environmental impact report.

The land, which was certified for 96 single-family lots on 193 acres in the 1990s, hasn’t had much development in the last 100 years or so. Photographs of the lot from the 1940s show where oil derricks once stood on land now intended for a pair of softball fields.

But that’s all set to change.

The softball fields, which would be on the southern tip of the campus, sit next to a pair of practice soccer/football fields, which are bordered by a pair of baseball fields and the stadium on its northern and southern ends, respectively.

“The school will open with all academic, extracurricular and athletic programs that are available to our ninth-graders at comprehensive high schools,” Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said in a past interview with The Signal.

Instruction would go on in more than 250,000 square feet of classroom space — an area a little bit smaller than five football fields.

As for parking, the draft EIR calls for 868 spots in five lots, including a 360-space visitor parking area, There are also two dirt lots nearby that could be used for overflow parking.

“We are building a high school for the next 100 years,” said Castaic Area Town Council member Flo Lawrence. “The northern end of this valley will grow out and build out. We need to look at a school that will serve this community in 2020, and 2030, and 2040.”


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