Plan for new Camarillo high school inches forward; forum to be held

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After a public hearing that lasted more than two hours, the Camarillo City Council voted Monday night to allow plans for a new high school in the city to inch forward.

The council voted 3-2 to refer for further study the Oxnard Union High School District’s requests for a general plan amendment and approval to annex property next to the Camarillo Library at Las Posas and Lewis roads.

While it was not an approval of the school project, the vote marked the first of many hurdles the district will have to clear before it can build a planned campus and performing arts center on the 77-acre property. The district hopes to open the school in fall 2015, a goal several council members called unrealistic Monday.

Council members peppered the project’s backers with detailed questions about the planned campus and expressed many concerns. They asked about how the new school would affect other campuses in the area, the optimal size of a school, community involvement in the project, and improvements they said are needed at Camarillo High School.

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