Alpine High School: Fact and Fiction

  The Grossmont District isn’t planning a new school in Alpine  
FACT
More than $23 million has been spent in acquiring property and obtaining permits for construction of a school in Alpine. The project remains on the schedule of bond projects and — once the enrollment threshold is reached — plans for construction will resume.

  The District has wasted money in spending Bond funds  
FACT
Multiple independent sources agree that our District has administered the bond program efficiently and without waste. In his ruling, the judge dismissed the Alpine lawsuit’s claim of wasteful spending. Multiple bond reviews conducted by the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee and independent third-party reviews have measures of accountability and transparency for bond administration. 

  Setting aside money shouldn't be a problem if the school will be built  
FACT
The result of setting aside money well in advance of construction is two-fold: 1) the amount of the set-aside significantly reduces the available funds for ongoing construction, and 2) because of legally-required limitations on how schools can invest, the millions in set-aside funds will not earn enough interest to cover the debt-service costs. This results in wasted taxpayer dollars that could otherwise be used for improvements in our schools.

Community Reaction
"The Art building at Grossmont was built in the 1940s. Presently we have no heat…the vent system is very old and debris flows into the classroom along with the air. Ceiling tiles continue to fall down. Cabinets and walls have peeling paint. That peeling paint is lead-based. Since the building was built in the late 40's there are asbestos concerns.… The classroom is so small there are no usable aisles or walkways. Please fight to support the thousands of students in all our present schools by completing the building projects in our present schools…"
Eileen Mandell




Eileen Mandell
Teacher, Grossmont High School

Comments to the Governing Board on February 12, 2015