CASTAIC DISTRICT EYES FUTURE OFFICIALS TRY TO FORESEE NEEDS FOR SCHOOLS.Byline: Sue Doyle Staff Writer
CASTAIC - With more housing developments expected to crisscross the valley, local school districts are bracing bracing,
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At Newhall School District The Newhall School District is a school district in the Santa Clarita Valley that serves the Valencia and Newhall communities within the city of Santa Clarita, California, as well as the Stevenson Ranch community in unincorporated Los Angeles County. , there could be up to five new schools built.
And in the Castaic Union School District, four elementary schools elementary school: see school. and one middle school could be needed for the 2,500 students expected to move into future homes, apartments and condominiums.
For all the districts, looking at enrollment projections and deciding what to build is a delicate balancing act. Will the housing boom continue? What if fewer children move in than predicted? How do you build on the unknown?
``For us, the bottom line is to make sure we have schools and that we're not 'bungalow world,''' said Jim Gibson, assistant superintendent Assistant Superintendent, or Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was a rank used by police forces in the British Empire. It was usually the lowest rank that could be held by a European officer, most of whom joined the police at this rank. of business and administrative services who will take over as superintendent on July 1, referring to quickly set-up portable classroom buildings.
This week, Castaic district officials and the school board reviewed residential development plans and what their impact could be on the small school system expected to grow drastically with enrollment as families move in.
About 3,600 students now attend class in the district.
Unlike the Newhall district, where enrollment is dropping in Dropping in is a skateboarding trick with which a skateboarder can start skating a half-pipe by dropping into it from the coping instead of starting from the bottom and pumping gradually for more speed. its older neighborhoods, the Castaic district does not foresee any pockets of decline.
Kindergarten classes are predicted to continue growing strong through 2012, which means solid enrollment in succeeding grade levels as those students grow up, Gibson said. It also means a flurry of school construction will be needed if families and their children move into the area as planned.
Gibson said one school a year could be built, with construction starting in 2008 for an elementary school to serve Sloan Canyon Sloan Canyon is a National Conservation Area (NCA) administered by the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It is located just south of Las Vegas, Nevada, a short distance from the Las Vegas Strip, near the Anthem development in Henderson. . The district had planned to start construction on the Sloan Canyon elementary school this spring, but put the brakes on the project because there aren't enough students to fill it yet.
School board President David Huffaker said the district's pattern is for new school construction to happen simultaneously as houses are being built.
``If you do it too early, you're paying for a school where there are no kids,'' Huffaker said. ``If you wait too long, you have overcrowding overcrowding
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Hart's three new high schools are expected to open in the next 10 years and will serve Castaic, the east valley near Sand Canyon, and the Newhall Ranch community to the west.
Castaic is within the boundaries of Hart's West Ranch High School West Ranch High School is a public high school in the community of Stevenson Ranch, Los Angeles County, California. Mr. Bob Vincent has been the school's principal ever since it opened in 2004. .
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Jim Gibson, incoming superintendent of the Castaic Union School District, said schools are needed for an expected 2,500 new students.
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