The William S. Hart School Board has decided how to ease the overcrowding at West Ranch High School. For the next two years, graduating Castaic Jr. High kids will go to Valencia.
While any decision would have most certainly irked someone, this decision could be the most middle of the road.
Essentially, the Castaic students that are already at West Ranch will stay at West Ranch. The students who come out of Jr. High and into High School the next two years will go to Valencia and stay there all four years.
Meanwhile, the students entering High School 3 and 4 years from now will go to West Ranch as originally planned. By that time, the Castaic kids who are at West Ranch now will have graduated, leaving room for the new influx.
After that, it is hoped that the new Castaic High School will be built and ready to take all the Castaic students from now on. That’s the plan anyway.
“Valencia has the portables already. And they’ve got the space opening up,” said board chair Paul Strickland.
It works nicely into the balancing act that the district has to do. 400 students come from Castaic every year, and since they've been re-directed to West Ranch, Valencia's overall student population is decreasing every year.
This year will see the graduation of the last Castaic students from Valencia, leaving them with enough room to take two year's worth of kids.
Parents will also be given the option to open enroll their children to either Golden Valley or Hart High.