The Hart district could be opening Castaic High School in 2017-18, two years later than originally anticipated, according to district officials, who expressed concern over the permitting process. The discussion came during the regularly scheduled updates on Castaic High School at the regularly scheduled board meeting. “Right now, it’s appearing to us that 2016 is not going to happen, we’re working with the county right now on updating that date,” said Gail Pinsker, Hart district spokeswoman, noting the concerns were brought to light at Wednesday night’s board meeting. While commending the job of Ben Rodriguez, chief operating officer for the district, board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine mentioned bureaucratic obstacles, which have been frustrating school officials.
A new high school for the Castaic community has been in the works for 12 years. William S. Hart Union High School District will begin construction this spring and had originally planned to open the school for the 2015-2016 school year.
Now, due to the fact that permits and approval have taken longer than expected, the district has pushed back the opening date to Fall 2016, according to board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine.