Hart Board to review Castaic High School project

The William S. Hart Union High School District. Dan Watson/The Signal
The William S. Hart Union High School District. Dan Watson/The Signal

The William S. Hart Union Governing Board is expected to review resolutions, proposals and fee amendments related to various construction projects throughout the district, including the Castaic High School site.

The first is a resolution to approve the fourth amendment to a purchase agreement and escrow instructions with Romero Cyn LLC and Romero Cyn II LLC for the Castaic High School site.

On Nov. 7, 2012 the district entered into its purchase agreement with the two companies for the 198-acre site to be delivered to the district in a construction-ready condition.

This agreement was amended Dec. 19, 2012 to address district credits, Feb. 8, 2013 to provide for the transfer of title and June 17, 2015 to account for additional on-site modification to the property.

During this final amendment a dispute arose about who was responsible to pay for off-site storm drain facilities on the East Access Road which are required by Los Angeles County.

To avoid litigation and delay of the project, the district agreed to pay Romero $7.5 million to complete these construction activities and the off-site work.

Other construction, fees

The board is also expected to approve of a proposal from Geo-Advantec, Inc. to provide geotechnical and geo-hazard investigation for the Career Technical Education Welding Program at Canyon High School.

This engineering work, totaling $12,750, will include recommendations for the footing design in accordance with Division of the State Architect (DSA) guidelines and standards for the new building.

The board is also expected to approve of a proposal from Environmental Help, Inc. to complete testing and provide a tank closure certificate for an underground storage tank at Valencia High School.

In 2004 the district hired a company to remove a waste oil underground storage tank in the school’s auto yard and to complete the work to get the tank closure certification from Los Angeles County, which assures that the soil surrounding the tank is not contaminated.

According to the agenda item, the district recently received notification that the paperwork for the tank closure certification was not submitted and that the company originally hired to complete the paperwork is no longer in business.

Now, to receive this certification, the district will contract with Environmental Help, Inc. to complete this testing again and submit results to the county.  The work is expected to cost $11,997.

The board is also expected to approve of the final reconciliation with GrowthPoint Structures for the Placerita Junior High School New Classroom Addition Project.

After placing the structures on campus, GrowthPoint made improvements to the buildings that included: installing ceramic tile in restrooms, completing 22 HVAC upgrades, adding a roll-up door in the custodian room, installing carpet and flooring in 22 classrooms, adding white boards and tackboards in 19 classrooms and adding three white boards in 16 classrooms.

This work totaled $274,251.40 and will be funded from Measure SA.

The board is also expected to approve of the first fee amendment totaling $62,500 with Flewelling & Moody for architectural services for the Hart High School Two-Story Modular Classroom Building, Addition of Two Tennis Courts and Related Sitework.

It is also expected to approve of a $15,132 proposal from RT Project Solutions to complete DSA inspection services for the closeout for the district’s Shade Structure Project.

Title 1 Funds

During the 2017-18 school year, five schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District will receive Title I funds to help ensure that all students meet state academic standards.

The new funds are expected to be discussed by the district’s Director of Special Programs Jill Shenberger and Hart Governing Board members during their regular meeting Wednesday.

Districts are eligible to receive these Title 1 funds when students from low-income families make up at least 40 percent of each school’s enrollment.

In the Hart District, Title I funds are being distributed to Sequoia School, Bowman Continuation High School, Golden Valley High School, La Mesa Junior High School and Placerita Junior High School.

Each school is being given $21,121, $185,998, $771,926, $364,502 and $309,316 in Title 1 funds, respectively.

The schools are able to user these funds for Targeted Assistance Programs or Schoolwide Programs which include increased learning time, improving school climate, interventions, parent education, equipment and training and devices and software.

Moving forward, the district is expected to create a School Site Council, conduct a Needs Assessment, notify parents of Title 1, develop school plans based on data and complete the Single Plan for Student Achievement at each school site.

Then the board is expected to approve these plans at its Dec. 13 meeting and implement them through Sept. 30, 2018.

SCVi Presentation

Amber Raskin, executive director of business development and operations at iLEAD Education Corporation, is expected to give an updated on Santa Clarita Valley International’s (SCVi) academic progress.

Raskin will discuss the charter skill’s math assessment academic progress, as requested by the Hart Governing Board when it conditionally approved the charter school’s renewal April 22, 2015.

Overall, SCVi improved its schoolwide standardized test scores by 14.7 percent from 2014 to 2016.

In its 2017 math standardized test results, the school’s sixth and seventh grade students performed at or above the performance of the county and the state.

However, the school’s eighth grade and 11th grade students did not perform as well as the district, country or state on the 2017 tests.

Only 29.1 percent of eighth grade students met or exceeded the standards in math, compared to 57.3 percent in the Hart district, 34.2 percent in the county and 36.3 percent in the state.

For 11th grade students, 16.7 percent met or exceeded standards in math, compared to 47.8 percent in the Hart district, 30.3 percent in the county and 32.1 percent in the state.

To help improve scores, SCVi said it is focusing on professional development opportunities as well as specific action items.

These action plan items include adding a strong high school math teacher, adding five days on math-focused professional development, creating a Math Task Force, adopting the CPM and Carnegie Math programs, focusing on math through STEM projects, studying math data and increasing math tutorial opportunities.

Additional Agenda Items:

  • Approve of a resolution authorizing the filing of applications for funding under the State School Facility Programs for the Career Technical Education Facilities Grant for the Medical Science, Computer Science and Dental Assisting pathways at Castaic High School
  • Discuss the district’s performance on Local Indicators on the California School Dashboard
  • Hear a school site report from La Mesa Junior High School Principal Michele Krantz
  • Approve of agreement with AUMT Institute, The Phlebotomy School, for the Provision of Phlebotomy Technician Certification Courses at Golden Oak Adult School
  • Approve of Change Order No. 3 to a Leonida Builders, Inc. contract totaling $4,036.05 for the Bowman High School Bridge Addition and Fire Alarm Modifications Project

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