VALENCIA – Castaic parents packed into a school board meeting Wednesday night to protest a plan to send their children to neighboring communities to attend high school. The Hart Union High School District must come up with a solution to house the students because the long-awaited Castaic High School is years behind schedule. Parents got some relief when the district announced a new recommendation that would keep Castaic students at the same high school. Rob Gapper, the district’s chief operating officer, recommended moving incoming Castaic ninth-graders to Valencia High School for two years. They would then spend their final two years at West Ranch High School. The plan would also allow open enrollment, meaning parents could enroll their kids in any of the district’s high schools if they wanted. Castaic parents were still upset their kids did not have a permanent high school. “We need a school now,” said John Zaring, founder of Castaic United to Build a School, a community group that has collected more than 500 signatures to build a school. Residents began to organize last month after the Hart district revealed enrollment projections that showed West Ranch High School, the closest now to Castaic, would exceed capacity by nearly 1,000 students by 2010. To accommodate the growth, the district staff recommended placing portables at West Ranch at a cost of about $4million. But the school board, facing financial struggles, hesitated to spend the money and came up with suggestions including sending Castaic students to Golden Valley High School, about 17miles away. For many Castaic parents, this was the final blow in an ongoing battle stemming from delays in building Castaic High, which isn’t expected to open before 2010. Penny Young, a Castaic resident for 12 years, could not attend Wednesday’s meeting but sent out e-mails to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the Hart board members. The mother of six moved in 1995 to the Castaic area, drawn by the hope that her children would have a high school nearby. “It is a shame that none of my six children will have attended Castaic High School,” Young said in a phone interview earlier in the week. [email protected] (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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