Pearson, the mother of a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader, joined other parents in voicing distrust for the Hart district. They claim Hart promised to keep their children at West Ranch until a high school is built in Castaic – a plan delayed two years until 2010. Castaic students attended Valencia until West Ranch opened three years ago. “I was stunned at how we as a board were treated during this whole process,” board member Steve Sansone said. Taking the heat for the Hart district, board member Dennis King said it was unfortunate that promises were made that couldn’t be kept. Castaic High was expected to open in 2008, and the two-year delay would have resulted in unmanageable overcrowding at West Ranch, Hart officials said. “When we passed the recommendations, that was the best plan, and it was based on being able to open Castaic High School by 2007-08,” King said. “All boundaries are subject to changes in what develops. There’s never any guarantees.” [email protected] CASTAIC – Surveys were sent home Thursday with Castaic Middle School students to determine how many would opt to attend Valencia High over West Ranch High if open enrollment were offered. The plan to poll families came at a morning meeting Thursday when parents and Castaic school officials gathered to air complaints. Their target was the Hart High School District, which voted last week to change boundaries in the fall, sending Castaic students from West Ranch to Valencia to ease overcrowding. The board of the K-8 Castaic Union School District urged parents to drop ideas of suing the Hart district or recalling Hart board members, but it prodded them to remain vigilant and organized in their drive to keep their options open. “I am so disheartened today,” said a tearful Laura Pearson, Castaic school board member. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!