After long discussion between William S. Hart Governing Board and residents of Castaic and Santa Clarita Valley, the decision was made that Romero Canyon Road will be the site for the future Castaic High School on Wednesday night.
Final discussions on preliminary studies made on both Castaic sites, Romero Canyon and Hasley-Sloan Canyon, were addressed first. Gina DeTolve of Lundgren Management, discussed any final issues, including traffic, geology, environment, ease of access, and utilities. DeTolve concluded her analysis by saying, “There have been no fatal flaws discovered that could impact either site.”
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The board then allowed the locals and residents to voice their comments and concerns.
Many felt that Hasley-Sloan Canyon was an unsuitable area for a high school considering environment as well as the requirement of a bridge as primary access to the school.
Attorney Hunt C. Braly, a Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce board member, said, “This rural area is not the place for this urban high school.”
This made Romero Canyon, as Castaic resident Julie Thomas, said, “The lesser of two evils.”
Though the wait has been long and the construction still has quite a long way to go, many are relieved that the decision was made to take a step forward. The high school is expected to open in the fall of 2013.