SAUGUS – Performing arts centers will be built at Saugus and Canyon high schools under a $35 million plan approved by the Hart school board. The 594-seat centers, which will serve as models for the planned Castaic high school, were approved Wednesday night in a 3-0 vote by the board of the William S. Hart Union High School District. Members Dennis King and Patricia Hanrion were absent. Architect Fred Sweeney presented the plans to the board, noting they were the product of much discussion and scrutiny from teachers, administrators and the communities. “Each center is a piece of architecture that will make a statement,” he said. “It tells the community that performing arts are important.” Board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine expressed concerns that acoustics for the centers be done by experienced firms; Sweeney said that acoustic engineers responsible for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza are already contracted for the project. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Rory Livingston, assistant superintendent of business services for the district, explained that existing theaters at other district campuses were examined and measured in order to offer parity in the new buildings. Initially, theater teachers had hoped for 20-foot-high proscenium arches, which would have added at least two extra stories to each building. “Over the summer, Mike Otavka and I toured campuses and measured each proscenium. There isn’t one in the district that is more than 14 feet high, which is what we’re recommending. The only 20-foot-high proscenium is at the new theater at College of the Canyons.” Livingston said that once the money was approved, an “optimistic” time frame for construction was three years. “The only hurdle we may have is with the Department of State Architect because there is some geological information they’ve been unable to locate for Canyon,” he said. “We’ve completed a series of soil studies, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.” He added that the projects would start at the schools concurrently and would wrap into modernization projects ongoing on both campuses.