New school to open by ’09

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Bouquet Canyon is a temporary school and has to be replaced, and that’s what we’re going to do,” said Bob Cutting, assistant superintendent of business for the Saugus Union School District. School officials want to build the new school across from the old one that sits at the end of Wellston Drive. The district owns 29 acres of land there, including the six acres that are currently home to the 25-classroom school. However, Toll Brothers, a national home builder, also plans to build about 100 single-family homes next to the district’s property. Company officials did not return phone calls seeking comment. Cutting said the district has been working with the home builder, the city of Santa Clarita and the county of Los Angeles to build sewer and drainage connections for the new developments and will now focus on grading all the land. The district expects to have a grading plan ready to turn in to the county within the next two months for approval. If approved, the new school could sit north of the tennis courts at Bouquet Canyon Park, Principal Paul Martinsen said. SAUGUS – It first opened as a temporary school 16 years ago and since then, few alterations have been made to Bouquet Canyon Elementary School, which is made entirely out of modular buildings. But now changes are on the way. Plans for a $40 million permanent facility are in the works, with the new school bell expected to ring by fall 2009. What was meant to be a transitional school was built in 52 days as a quick fix for the area’s explosive growth. Martinsen said there are also plans to connect Wellston Drive and Copper Hill Drive, but that could change. Cutting said there’s still a possibility the new school could be at another yet-to-be determined site. Wherever it is, when it’s finished, the school, now a series of yellow and mustard-trimmed trailers protected behind a chain-link fence, will resemble the district’s new Tesoro del Valle Elementary School. The Bernardo Way campus, which opened this year, is an eye-catching, two-story building with orange and blue pillars standing at attention as pupils walk through the entrance. The new and larger Bouquet Canyon Elementary also will relieve crowding in the current one, which grew from 430 pupils last year to about 560 this fall. These additional students pushed the elementary school to capacity. There’s no place to put additional classrooms on the current property, Martinsen said. Over time, the school expects to have about 720 pupils as boundaries change and neighborhoods are built out. Martinsen said the new school will be designed to accommodate about 920. Sue Doyle,(661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more