The Wm. S. Hart Union High School District is scheduling a series of public information meetings to cover proposed school boundary adjustments slated to take effect in August 2010. Adjustments are necessary to ease overcrowding in some area schools, while making better use of schools with declining enrollment.
The first meeting is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Mountainview Elementary School in the Saugus School District. Students most likely to be affected by the proposed adjustments are upper grade students at Mountainview and current seventh graders at Rio Norte Junior High School who live north of Copperhill Drive and east of Seco Canyon Road.
Students in the projected area currently attend Rio Norte Junior High and Valencia High School, where enrollment is projected to be at 3150 students next year. Rio Norte also is housing students beyond its design capacity, while the newly remodeled and expanded Saugus High School and Arroyo Seco Junior High are under enrolled.
The second area being considered for a boundary adjustment is the Calgrove/Hidden Valley area of Newhall. Those students currently attend Rancho Pico Junior High and West Ranch High School, which expects to enroll more than 2800 students next year. By contrast, Hart High School is expected to open next year at 2220 students, and Placerita also is one of the district’s smaller junior high schools.
A meeting for fourth through sixth graders at Wiley Canyon School and seventh graders at Rancho Pico Junior High School who live in the Calgrove/Hidden Valley area is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, in the multipurpose room at Wiley Canyon School.
A third area facing potential boundary adjustment is the corridor along Sierra Highway north of Soledad Canyon, currently attending Mint Canyon Elementary School, and seventh graders at La Mesa Junior High who live in the same area. Those areas are being considered for adjustment to the Sierra Vista Junior High/Canyon High School area, which also is decreasing in enrollment while Golden Valley High School and La Mesa Junior High are facing a potential for rapid growth in the next few years.
The Hart District is currently working with the Sulphur Springs School District to schedule a meeting for affected Mint Canyon Elementary/La Mesa Junior High students, tentatively slated for the week of June 22..
“Our plan is to have meetings in June so parents can hear what changes are being proposed, learn the effect on the schools both with and without a boundary adjustment, and provide input to the Governing Board before a decision is finalized,” explained Superintendent Jaime Castellanos. “A second series of meetings will be scheduled in mid to late August after school has begun.”
A schedule of all meetings and maps of the affected areas will be posted to the Hart District’s Web site at www.hartdistrict.org. Residents in the affected areas also will be notified by flyers and telephone messages wherever possible.