Questions and Answers

GUHSD Earns High Marks on School Bond Transparency

In a report by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation, entitled School Bond Transparency in San Diego County, the Grossmont Union High School District was consistently rated highly on measures of accountability and transparency for bond program administration. 
Community Reaction
"As a parent, I feel strongly that all students at all schools in our district should have classrooms and facilities that meet the current educational needs of the students, and ensures their safety. The court's ruling prevents our district from making necessary improvements to our campuses. This is not in the best interest of our students."

Lisa Stewart
Lisa Stewart
VP Ways & Means, Spring Valley Middle School PTSA
President, Monte Vista High School PTSA
Treasurer, Monte Vista Music Parents Club

Comments to the Governing Board on February 12, 2015
Q & A

Who is affected by the Alpine lawsuit?
Many of the District’s communities and most high schools are affected by the Court’s preliminary injunction. The immediate effect of the ruling will be a halt to all but three bond projects that would benefit thousands of students district-wide.

What is the Grossmont District doing to avoid the negative consequences of the Alpine lawsuit?
The District has appealed the judge’s decision requiring the District to set aside $42 million by January 2016. Pending consideration of the appeal, the projects remain on hold.
What is the status of the Alpine High School?
The Grossmont District has spent $23.5 million on acquiring property and obtaining permits needed for construction. The high school remains on the bond schedule and is budgeted for $65 million (total project) once the voter-approved student enrollment threshold is reached.

What is the status of Alpine’s unification effort?
There has been no progress on the unification proposal since August 2014, when the San Diego County Office of Education recommended limiting voter approval of unification to just the Alpine community. The request has been forwarded to the State Board of Education. However, according to the California Department of Education, the State Board isn’t likely to begin initial consideration of the petition until early
in 2016.

What are State-matching funds?
On certain eligible construction projects and improvements, the State provides funds that supplement district expenses. The District’s bond program has received over $120 million in State matching dollars to date and has qualified for an additional $21 million. However, work must be completed to eliminate any danger of of losing the funding.