Projects Currently Underway Using Measure SA Funds
A search for a high school site began in 2001. In August 2002, the Hart District presented to the Castaic Town Council a list of 9 potential high school sites. In the fall of 2002 the list of 9 sites was narrowed to just three; Hasley/Sloan, Northlake, and Hasley/Del Valle. Shortly thereafter Hasley/Sloan was determined by the District to be the favored site with Northlake a second choice.
The Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation then purchased the Hasley/Sloan property and a committee was formed made up of teachers, administrators, and Castaic parents to begin planning the specifications for a new high school in Castaic. After considerable Castaic community opposition and encouragement by the County to consider a new school site in the proposed Northlake develop, the District in November 2003 shifted efforts from the Hasley/Sloan property to the a site in the proposed Northlake development.
An architect began work on designing a school on the Northlake site in January 2004. After SunCal, the developer of the Northlake project tied to the school site was unable to gain approvals for the residential project, the District in August 2006 met with representatives from the Castaic School District and SunCal to discuss the delays and a plan for moving forward.
County approvals were further delayed and in 2007 the Hart District began to look for a new site for a high school in Castaic studying properties in Mandolin Canyon, Romero Canyon, Castaic Mesa, and Sterling Commercial. Following an analysis of each site, the District met with the Castaic Town Council and the Castaic School District Board to review the possible properties.
The Hart Board took action in October 2008 targeting a potential school site on the Sterling Gateway property for further due diligence and study. Hart District officials met with Board members from the Valencia Commerce Association in May 2009 and learned of their opposition to a high school located on the Sterling Gateway site and their unwillingness to support the removal of a code restriction on the property. This along with a Newhall Land and Farming restriction on the use of the property as a school site caused the District to look for other sites.
The Hart District completed studies on three potential sites and presented their findings in a public Special Board Meeting held November 18, 2009. During this Special Board Meeting, consulting engineers outlined their findings relating to soils, topography, civil engineering, off-site roadway and other improvements, grading, development costs, and traffic impacts. Following public comment, the Governing Board took action approving two sites, Hasley/Sloan and Romero Canyon, and directing District staff to move forward on Environmental Impact Studies and additional due diligence on both sites. The Governing Board directed staff to provide regular updates to the Board during their monthly meetings.
Completed Projects Funded Completely or Partially by Measure V
Projects Currently Under Construction and Funded by Measure V
Since the passage of Measure V in 2001, the Hart District has been able to complete many projects, including construction of new facilities and modernization of existing ones. The goal of the District's construction program has been to create physical learning environments that support the outstanding educational opportunities students enjoy in the Hart District. Our construction program has focused on developing school facilities that enhance instruction, support equal access to educational opportunities, and insure the safety of all students. Since the passage of Measure V, the District has utilizing State construction dollars and developer mitigation fees to augment Measure V funds. This has enabled the District to construct two junior high schools, two high schools, modernize four schools, complete performing arts auditoriums at two schools, construct an JROTC instruction center, and install synthetic turf athletic fields and running tracks at six high schools.
The Hart District is particularly excited about projects currently under construction including the modernization of Sierra Vista Junior High and Hart High School. Modernization efforts at Hart High include the construction of a new science building, music building wing, addition of several new student restrooms, and renovation of 70% of the current classroom areas. The Hart modernization will be completed summer 2010 with a second phase in the planning stage. At Sierra Vista Junior High, major renovation of the entire campus is currently underway with completion anticipated summer 2010. All classroom spaces are under renovation, and all student restroom areas are also being modernized.