Schools lined up for repairs

first_imgParker said his custodial staff has kept the school up to par, but some things can’t be fixed. “They’ve really helped us age gracefully.” At Newhall’s Placerita Junior High, adjacent to Hart High, Principal Mike Kuhlman said talks with architects have got his staff excited about change. But he boasts, too, that the 55-year-old campus doesn’t necessarily reveal its age. “We are very well-maintained,” Kuhlman said. Placerita underwent some renovation after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, but most of the work was to repair quake damage. In 2001, four buildings were remodeled. If the school board approves a recommendation for modernization, the six remaining buildings on campus will be renovated in three phases. Despite parent complaints about the eyesore gym at Placerita or the outdated science facilities, conditions don’t seem to incite the same feelings of frustration that arose at Hart High earlier this year when hundreds jammed school board meetings to demand repairs. Kuhlman said the key was to keep families updated through the Parent Advisory Committee and other avenues. Rob Gapper, a former Placerita principal, is now the district’s chief operations officer. Remodeling of the junior highs, he said, was able to be delayed because of good maintenance. “In both cases you have an outstanding head custodian and you have a commitment on the part of administration to make sure the campus is maintained.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But problems mounted because modernization funding ran short. Now 24 broken doors at Sierra Vista Junior High will be repaired as part of a modernization there, Principal Randy Parker said. “We’ve had three or four break-ins in the last year,” Parker said. It’s the first big renovation for the Canyon Country campus, built in 1963. Crews also will remodel 13 restrooms to bring them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and with updated building and safety codes. Eventually, new floors will be laid in classrooms and the furniture replaced. SANTA CLARITA – The deteriorating facilities of Hart High School have received plenty of attention in recent months. But two junior highs in the same Hart Union High School District, one older and one nearly as old as flagship Hart High, also have been waiting for renovation dollars. Principals at both junior highs say diligent maintenance has kept their campuses decent over the years but these major renovations are still sorely needed. At Hart High, however, a major modernization was planned so routine maintenance lapsed, school officials said. Numerous work orders weren’t turned over to the district office because administrators expected smaller needs to be covered by the larger project. last_img read more