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District decides on ‘Castaic High School’ name

Posted: April 17, 2013 10:04 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2013 10:04 p.m.

Members of the Hart district governing board spared little time in tabbing “Castaic High School” as the name for the district’s new school in Romero Canyon, but only after a discussion on how exactly to pronounce it.

There was some discussion as to whether “Castaic” is two syllables, with the second syllable pronounced “steak,” or three syllables with the last syllable rhyming with “tick.”

But regardless of the pronunciation, Wednesday night’s unanimous vote is another step forward in the district’s years-long effort to open a high school in Castaic.

Members of the William S. Hart Union High School District board chose the name out of a list of seven recommendations submitted by an advisory committee that was assembled to take into account public input on the naming process.

The other names on that list were Castaic Lake High School, Castaic Hills High School, Ramona High School, Kashtuk High School, Romero Canyon High School and Lakeview High School.

One of the few questions raised during discussion on the item came from board member Steve Sturgeon, who raised issue with the proposed name of “Castaic Lake High School.”

“From the school site, will we be able to see the lake?” he asked.

Other members of the board, and some members of the audience, promptly responded, “No.”

The school is scheduled to open for the 2016-2017 school year to an inaugural class of 300 ninth graders, according to district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

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