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Santa Clarita / Antelope Valley : State Won't Fund School Walkways and Landscaping

September 10, 1993|DOUGLAS ALGER | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

SANTA CLARITA — The State Allocation Board has refused to pay for covered walkways and excess landscaping for the William S. Hart Union High School District's planned junior high, a decision that will cost the district more than $500,000.

Hart district officials were seeking an even split of the school's $12.68-million cost. The state board approved matching funds for only $11.63 million in construction costs, leaving the district to pay the remaining $1 million.

The district will be able to bear the unfunded expenses for the school, according to Bill Maddigan, director of business services.

"We don't have a large reserve of developer fees, but we do have enough to finish the project," Maddigan said.

The junior high school is scheduled to open in the fall of 1994 on a 25-acre site near Via Princessa and Rainbow Glen Drive. A name has not been chosen for the 1,000-student-capacity school.

Landscaping and asphalt work on the project exceeded the maximum amount allowed for a school of its size by $518,509, according to Sharon Drago, school facilities program analyst for the State Allocation Board.

An additional $530,218 for covered walkways, wiring for security measures and conduits for computer cables were also passed over by the state agency.

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