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Campus expansions considered

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first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The curtain could go up soon for Saugus and Canyon high schools if the governing board gives the go-ahead today to a plan to provide new performance and classroom space on both campuses. After planning and meeting with choir, band and theater teachers for more than two years, officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District are recommending that the board approve $35 million for the projects, part of the ongoing modernization of the two campuses. If approved, each school would get a 594-seat facility with a 14-foot proscenium and additional teaching space, a request made by instructors during the series of meetings. The design also would influence the performing arts space at the future Castaic area high school. Over the summer, board members had expressed concerns that the performing arts centers might be in jeopardy because of budget restrictions. IF YOU GO The Hart High School board will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the district office board room, 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We have heard from several members of the community; we know we have set a $7 million budget per site with 2002 expectations,” board member Steve Sturgeon said. “Don’t shortchange the (performing arts centers) – that’s our long-term objective. Let’s look at alternatives and capital resources.” Funding would come from a combination of sources, including $14 million from the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, $3.7 million from developer fees and donations, $11.7 million in bond money and $1.5 million transferred from Canyon High’s modernization budget to rehabilitate classrooms once choral and drama students move into the new building. In addition, $4.2 million in state funding was made available because of the added classroom space. Rory Livingston, the district’s assistant superintendent of business affairs, said Saugus and Canyon were eligible for state funding that other schools had used on other projects. “There was bond money because they had no work done since they were built in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. Recently, Hart High School band parents have complained to the district that their classroom space needs expansion, but Livingston said plans for renovation of those facilities come after the new performing arts centers. center_img “They (Hart) have a new auditorium, administration building and gymnasium and these other schools don’t have anything,” Livingston said. “There is still $45 million in the budget for Hart. The scope of work needed at Hart is going to be up to district standards but it’s not going to focus absolutely on the band room. The classrooms that need the most work there are the science rooms.” “I’m simply thrilled,” said Leslie Crunelle, the district’s assistant superintendent of educational services. “First of all, a lot of people have worked a long time to get plans resulting in wonderful venues within fiscal limits. “When we first sat down with teachers, principals and administrators, we asked them if they could have anything they wanted, tell us. Then we pared it down in the lens of reality and out of that came this idea. Teaching and performing spaces are very important and this plan does not compromise quality.” Livingston said if the board approves the proposal, the project could go into a “three-year sprint” and might be ready in 2009. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] last_img

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