first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The burgeoning West Ranch High School could alleviate overcrowding by sharing space at nearby Rancho Pico Junior High under a plan set for review Wednesday by the Hart school board. The recommendation by Robert C. Gapper, chief operations officer of the Hart Union High School District, is an effort toward compromise until a new campus is built in Castaic to handle the overload. The board also will consider companion recommendations to allow West Ranch students open enrollment at other Hart district campuses and to close West Ranch to interdistrict transfers. West Ranch Principal Bob Vincent and Rancho Pico’s Principal David LeBarron helped the district develop the proposed solution. West Ranch was built for 2,600 students, and expects to enroll about 3,235 by 2011. [email protected] (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The district is faced with overcrowding at 3-year-old West Ranch, which serves students from Castaic, Westridge, Stevenson Ranch and a corner of Newhall. Castaic students are there until a high school opens in their community – but the campus has been delayed until at least 2010 in part because it’s tied to a development that might or might not be built to that schedule. For the past few weeks, parents have been flustered by talk of transferring some students to other campuses – including Golden Valley High some 15 miles away. Another plan involved adding modular classrooms on West Ranch at a cost of about $3 million. Meanwhile, Stevenson Ranch parents complained that the campus in their neighborhood is being crowded by students from another community who could be transferred elsewhere. Under the proposal now on the table, West Ranch students would take some classes at Rancho Pico, just across Valencia Boulevard. The move would cost about $55,000 for two campus supervisors to ensure safety across the street. “This suggested solution will avoid any cost for installation of relocatable classrooms and will not create additional transportation costs,” Gapper said in a report to the school board. “The proposed solution will provide for the education of all students, is fiscally responsible and will allow students in the same community to remain together throughout high school.” last_img

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