New High School To Be Built In Camarillo Has No Name Yet

Dated: 08/05/2013

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Although they still don’t know what to call it, Oxnard Union High School District board members have approved an environmental report for the new high school campus slated to break ground in Camarillo next year.
During a special meeting July 23, school board members selected Rancho Campana High School, Adelante High School and Camarillo Arts and Science Academy as possible names for the longawaited school, which may begin accepting its first students in fall 2015.
Board member John Alamillo objected to calling the school an academy and suggested Las Posas School, Pleasant Valley School or Rancho Campana High School instead. He said the new school should not be known as an academy because the word implies restricted curriculum.
“I think an academy would have multiple disciplines but one concentration, like when we look at it like a military academy. You can go be an engineer, but your focus is to be a soldier,” Alamillo said. “I have very strong feelings against naming it an academy because it takes away from the fact that it is a true comprehensive school.”
Alamillo said CASA, the acronym for Camarillo Arts and Science Academy, might be confused with Casa Pacifica, a Camarillobased shelter for abused children.
Board member Steve Hall disagreed.
“I think Las Posas High School, though I like the name, would just be confused with the elementary school” in Pleasant Valley School District, Hall said. “I do understand what you’re saying about the word ‘academy.’ I don’t really like this word either, but I think Camarillo Arts and Science Academy as a whole gets the message across that this school is focusing on arts and sciences.”
Board president Wayne Edmonds also voiced support for the name Camarillo Arts and Science Academy, while board member Gary Davis selected Rancho Campana High School.
School board member Soccorro Lopez Hanson said Adelante High School should be the school’s name because “Siempre Adelante”—“always forward”— is the motto of Padre Serra Parish, a nearby Catholic church.
The district plans to build the academy on 27 acres of farmland behind the Camarillo Library off Las Posas Road. Because the site is not within city limits, the City Council must ask the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission, which reviews boundary changes for cities and special districts, to allow the city to annex the property.
The board also approved an environmental report at the meeting, which must be approved by the Camarillo Planning Division before the project can progress further.
Dave Norman, director of community development for the city, said the planning commission will review the report to ensure it adequately reduces traffic, air pollution, construction noise and other problems.
“The planning division is looking to see if the document adequately cites the significant environmental impacts and . . . whether those impacts are mitigated properly,” Norman said.
The report itself cites several negative effects on the environment during construction, which include increased air pollution.
The report also states, “There will be increased congestion and noise associated with construction traffic” along with “increased traffic and parking issues” and “an increased risk of flooding.”
Steve Dickinson, assistant superintendent of fiscal services for the district, said he does not anticipate that the planning commission will reject the environmental report based on concerns raised.
“I fully expect this to go through,” Dickinson said. “If it was proven that there are traffic issues beyond the perimeters that the city and school district agree to during construction, then we would look into more mitigation solutions. I think everyone knows that the (air quality issues) will be temporary.”
The planning commission is set to discuss the approval of the report on Aug. 6. If approved, the City Council will review the report at their next board meeting, slated for Aug. 28.
Once the council has approved the report, it will be submitted to LAFCo with a request for the land to be annexed.
“Everything is progressing as expected,” Dickinson said.

1 comments in this topic

  • Posted by Steve Carrigan
    08/06/2013
    They should have it figured out tonight!

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