Resources

History of Documents and Articles


2014

2014/10/25

Unification Committee's Response to GUHSD Board Member UT Op-Ed - CLICK HERE


2014/10/24

Grossmont continues to mislead and misrepresent the facts;

GUHSD Superintendent Flier - CLICK HERE

GUHSD Board Member UT Op-Ed - CLICK HERE


2014/10/20

Powerpoint presented at the Community Forum - CLICK HERE


2014/10/15

THE COMPLAINT (LAWSUIT) - CLICK HERE


2014/10/14
ALPINE FILES LAW SUITS AGAINST GUHSD - CLICK HERE


​2014/10/15

San Diego UT Article - 10-15-14 - Alpine Files Injunction Against Grossmont Union High School District - Click Here

PDF Copy - Click Here



Unification Hearings

Petitioners Brief - CLICK HERE

Petitioners Brief Attachment 1 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 1.2 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 1.3 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 1.4 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 1.5 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 1.6 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 2 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 3 - CLICK HERE

Petitioners Brief Attachment 4 - CLICK HERE

Petitioners Brief Attachment 5 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 6 - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment Debt Service - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment Prop H Tax Rate - CLICK HERE
Petitioners Brief Attachment 8M Hardship Grant - CLICK HERE

​GUHSD Resolution to Oppose Unification - CLICK HERE

2013

The San Diego Grand Jury Spanks Grossmont - CLICK HERE

2012

2012-March - "The School Our Kids Need" This is a Powerpoint Presentaton given by Al Haven at a March 2012 Special GUHSD Board Meeting - CLICK HERE.

A Link to the Alpine Community Network Blog - CLICK HERE

A History written by Bill Weaver as Chair of the Alpine High School Committee - CLICK HERE

2011

2011-8-20 - Alpine Sun Article - Community collaborates to make high school a reality - CLICK HERE

2011-8-1 - History of 12th High School - CLICK HERE 

2011-2-14 - BAC Matrix History -CLICK HERE

2010

Alpine High School Naming Committee

​2010 May - San Diego UT Article - What’s in a name? East County school fight diverts attention from education - CLICK HERE

2010 May - East County Magazine Article - TRIBAL LEADER TO ALPINE SCHOOL NAMING COMMITTEE: REAGAN SHOWED “OUTRIGHT CONTEMPT FOR NATIVE AMERICANS” - CLICK HERE

2010 May - East County Magazine - EDITOR'S BLOG: GUHSD COMMITTEE SHOULD CHECK REAGAN RECORD ON NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES BEFORE NAMING ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR FORMER PRESIDENT - CLICK HERE


2009

2009-6-10 - AUSD Board Resolution stating no support of unification and/or charter efforts as long as GUHSD follows through with Promises made.  As well as the 1-12-2011 rescission of that Resolution due to GUHSD's failure to follow through on their Promises.  CLICK HERE

2009-9-9 - AHSCC Curriculum and Design Foundational Principles - CLICK HERE

A History written by Bill Weaver as Chair of the Alpine High School Committee - CLICK HERE 

2008

2008-12-11 - The GUHSD Governing Board Meetings Of December 11th, and November 13th, 2008 Summary by Bill Weaver - CLICK HERE

2007

2007-6-9 - BAC (Bond Advisory Commission) Final Report - CLICK HERE

2007-6-9 - BAC (Bond Advisory Commission) Final Report Recommendation Matrix - CLICK HERE

2006
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2005
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2004

San Diego County Board of Education's denial of the Alpine unification effort based on promises and agreements made by GUHSD to Alpine. - CLICK HERE

2003

GUHSD Blue Ribbon Commission - Final Report - 7-29-2003. - CLICK HERE

GUHSD Board Approval of their Long Range Facilities Master Plan which includes $71.6 million for the 12th high school. - CLICK HERE

Grossmont Union High School District's long Range Facilities Plan. - CLICK HERE

2002

Joint Resolution between Grossmont Union High School District and the Alpine Union School District in Support of Alpine's unification. - CLICK HERE

2001
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2000
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1999
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1998
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History Timeline

This is a Timeline of the events responsible for our drive toward unification. 

 

A great deal of time and effort has gone into the developing of the timeline below.  We believe that it is exceptionally accurate and tells a unique story of one communities struggle to protect and educate its children.  


"When continuity of purpose meets commitment and resolve all things are possible."  by Mark Price in responding to questions about "sticking with it" for so many years.

History

Alpine High School
Future in the Making

Date & Event

 

1921 - 1965 
Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) constructs or rebuilds 8 high schools - Grossmont, Helix, El Cajon Valley, Mount Miguel, El Capitan, Granite Hills, Monte Vista, Santana. 


1967 
Last GUHSD general obligation bond put to voters prior to Prop H.  


1970s-1990s 
Because of difficulty in obtaining 2/3rd voter approval to pass bonds, school boards, including GUHSD, resort to issuance of Certificates of Participation (COPs) to fund new construction or modernization.  


1974, 1987     
​Vahalla and West Hills High Schools constructed.  


1991    
COPs issued to fund second phase construction of West Hills HS, acquire portables, etc.  


1997 February    
GUHSD issues COPs to fund land acquisition and construction of new high school in Alpine. Site changed by GUHSD Board to Jamul area when developer offers land for HS site to enhance major home development project. Board commits to Steele Canyon HS. Developer cancels home development project;unexpected grading costs offset benefit of lower site acquisition cost.  


1998    
Formation of Alpine High School Citizens Committee (AHSCC) to promote construction of exemplary high school for Alpine community.  


2000    
​Steele Canyon HS constructed. Contractor problems encountered that cause some delay in completion.  


2000 November    
State Prop 39 passed allowing for only 55% voter approval for school construction bonds. Prop 39 bonds require independent Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) to assure bond funds are properly spent.  


2001/03/28
This is a video of a Community Forum held March 28, 2001 in Alpine. It is 2 hours long but has a terrific panel of experts from Grossmont, San Diego County Office of Education, Alpine Union School District and others - Click Here



​2001 to mid 2002    
GUHSD Board discusses bond proposal to repair existing schools and build new Alpine HS. Board resolutions twice fail (3-2) to get required 4 votes to use Prop 39 approach. Board moves forward with traditional 2/3 vote bond.  


2002/3/1    
GUHSD Facilities Department in conjunction with HMC Architects develops Long Range Facilities Master Plan (LRFMP) for repair/renovation projects for each school site with priorities (‰must do, should do and would like to do‰) listed for each project. LRFMP supports Prop 39 bond proposal Prop T.  


2002/7/9    
Superintendent Granger Ward addresses Alpine Union School District (AUSD) Board and states that GUHSD would like to continue to serve Alpine and their intent is to bring a high school to Alpine, financed from $220M Prop T bond.


2002/7/15    
Joint Board meeting between the Boards of Alpine Union School District and the Grossmont Union High School District. The meeting was held to discuss Alpine's desire to unify. The meeting was held at Alpine's Creekside campus.


2002 Late July    
Alpine leaders conclude Prop T will not pass and decide to pursue an independent Alpine bond measure. Alpine HS dropped from Prop T ballot. GUHSD Board approves Prop T traditional bond (2/3 vote) for Nov ballot, scaled back to $199M. Prop T dedicated only to repair of existing schools with estimated tax rate of $27/$100K AV.  


2002/8/5    
Alpine USD trustees vote to place two Prop 39 bond proposals (V and W) on ballot ‰one for $12M to pay for land; other for $26M to build 1000 student HS. With State match, total cost is $55M. The 2 bond approach avoids Prop 39 limit of $60/$100K AV but total V/W tax rate for Alpine is $79.50. With Prop T added, total bond costs to Alpine would be $106.46 per $100K AV.  


2002 October    
AUSD and GUHSD issue joint resolution supporting unification of Alpine schools including future Alpine HS.


2002 November    
Prop T gets 63.8% and fails to meet 2/3 threshold.  Props V & W each get 45% and fail to get 55%. (Strong NO vote in Alpine contributes to Prop T defeat.)   


2003 January    
GUHSD Board approves formation of Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) to comprehensively review District‰'s budget process.  


2003 March    
Granger Ward resigns as Superintendent. Terry Ryan is hired.  


2003/4/1    
AUSD agrees to withdraw unification effort. SD County Office of Education Board votes 4-1 to disapprove AUSD unification primarily because smaller unified school would be unable to offer facilities and programs available in a comprehensive high school.  


2003/7/29    
BRC presents final report. One recommendation is to pursue a new bond and use a portion of proceeds to pay off $34M of COPs.   


2003/9/30    
GUHSD unable to satisfy court ordered compliance measures to satisfy federal ADA laws. Federal Magistrate threatens contempt of court unless Board immediately guarantees funds for compliance. District is $23M short and agrees to pursue a Prop 39 Bond.


2003/10/14    
GUHSD Board holds special meeting and approves placing a Prop 39 Bond before voters in March 2004. Bond reiterates Prop T $199M and adds $75M for a new comprehensive Alpine HS. Inclusion of funding for an Alpine area high school is designed to enhance chances for voter approval.  


2003/11/14    
Federal Magistrate agrees bond vote is a good faith effort to comply with ADA;grants extension to 2008 for ADA compliance.  


2003/12/3    
GUHSD Board unanimously passes and adopts Resolution No. 2003-148 calling for a calling for a $274 M Prop 39 Bond (Prop H) - maximum tax levy of $30/$100K AV. The resolution addresses outdated facilities in existing schools and the need to ‰modernize, renovate, rehabilitate and expand‰ them;replace portable classrooms‰, and furnish/equip the facilities. It specifically addresses overcrowded conditions in existing schools ‰thereby creating need to construct a new school to serve students residing in the Alpine/Blossom Valley region in the District‰ Note inclusion of Blossom Valley area to ensure a larger student population to justify a comprehensive HS.  


2004/3/1    
Prop H passes with 62% of vote. Tax rate is $28 per $100K AV. AHSCC strongly campaigned for Prop H and Alpine area Indian Tribes (Viejas and Sycuan) contributed substantial financial donations to support Prop H.  GUHSD develops school site funding plan which allocates $71.3M out of $262M to new high school and place it in ‰Must Do/Should‰ category.  


2004 June - October    
GUHSD Board and AUSD Board separately pass resolutions requesting the County Board of Education to deny Alpine‰'s unification petition because Prop H ‰will permit the construction of a new high school to better serve the secondary school students of the Alpine CA community.‰ County BOE accepts the request and recommends similar action by State BOE.  CA State Republican Chair, Ron Nehring, appointed to GUHSD Board on 8/9 to complete term of Gary Cass.  


2004 November    
CA Department of Education recommends State BOE accept requests to deny unification of AUSD and citing Alpine Board‰'s assurance by GUHSD ‰that a high school will be built in the area‰ with Prop H funds.  


2005 Early in the Year    
In addition to $274M from Prop H, about $120M of State matching funds are estimated. State match is substantial because higher % match is obtained with ‰new construction‰Ű such as Alpine HS vs. repair/renovation. After payoff of $30M of COPs debt, total available construction funds equal about $364M. Facilities master plan remains guidepost for construction with approximately $73M estimated budget for new school in 2005 dollars.  


2005 June - December    
Repair and modernization work begins on existing high schools. UT article re concerns raised by SD Taxpayers Association about shortcomings in Prop H bond oversight and program management.  


2006/6/1    
Concerns raised warning that construction cost inflation pushing total costs of all ‰must do‰ projects beyond available Prop H bond and matching funds and that GUHSD commitment to new high school will not be met. Alpine area residents are surveyed re preferred high school site. UT editorial states survey may be a ‰cruel hoax‰ as little bond money may be left for new school.  


2006 Fall    
Negative news re high school becomes an election issue and all 3 Board members up for election (Kelly, Shield, Hoy) support HS. Kelly states ‰I have looked into the camera, looked into the peoples‰ eyes, and said you [Alpine] will have a high school.‰ Shield states ‰I intend to see that it [the HS] is built‰_Prop H promised a high school in Alpine. I intend to continue to honor that promise.‰ Kelly, Shield and Hoy are elected to the Board.   


2007/2/3    
At special board workshop GUHSD superintendent Ryan and assistant superintendent Scott Patterson address rising costs and comments are made about eliminating new HS resulting in strong backlash from Alpine residents. GUHSD Board majority (Schreiber, Urdahl, Hoy) recommends creation of a Bond Advisory Commission (BAC) to review bond expenditures, program management, facilities projects and preferred site for new high school.   


2007/3/1    
BAC Site Selection Committee recommends 3 potential school sites and GUHSD Board approves proceeding with EIR review of each site.   


2007/5/1    
BAC recommends hiring Program Manager to oversee Prop H construction management. By a 3-2 vote approves establishment of $65M segregated reserve dedicated to future school repairs and the new high school.   


2007/6/1    
BAC final report has 150 recommendations related to oversight and management of Prop H. BAC recommends a new or extension bond to supplement Prop H and complete needed projects and new high school. To more efficiently allocate bond expenditures BAC also recommends a boundary study be promptly undertaken, encompassing the new school, to rebalance student populations and relieve overcrowding. BAC further recommends joint uses for the site to leverage bond dollars. Most of the BAC recommendations were not adopted or endorsed by the Board.  


2007 August    
GUHSD Board selects Gafcon/Harris as Program Manager but ignores BAC recommendation to have PM report directly to the Board or superintendent. Board also approves consultant for CBOC.  


2007 October    
Public meeting in Alpine regarding draft EIR report for 3 high school sites.  2007 September     GUHSD Superintendent Ryan departs due to illness and is replaced by Robert Collins, effective Nov. 1, 2007.  


2008 December    
New GUHSD Board elects Rob Shield as Board president. Member Kelly gets approval to modify $65M reserve by allowing $20M of funds for HS site to come from Prop H or U;remainder to be spent on existing schools.  


2008/3/1    
PM Gafcon/Harris estimates Prop H has available $450M in total bond and matching funds but needs at least $600M to complete needed work and HS.   


2008/5/1    
Superintendent Collins proposes major expansion of bond project work to complete new HS and encompass many ‰should do‰ projects that would upgrade the quality and technology of existing schools. His plan calls for a new $400M bond that would bring total bond funds to over $800M. Collins further recommends that $20M out of $65M Prop H reserve be spent on school site acquisition and infrastructure. He suggests 1st phase of school be built to serve 800-1200 students to accommodate projected enrollment and expand as school population expands. 


2008-07-31
GUHSD - Board Meeting 2008-7-31 Prop U Resolution - Click Here


2008-8-4
GUHSD - Special Board Meeting
Prop U Resolution Continued - Special Meeting Follow-up Due to possible Brown Act Violation at the 7/31/08 meeting -  Click Here


2008/8/1    
After a bitter debate, GUHSD Board votes 4-1 to place a new bond proposition (Prop U) on ballot. Prop U again specifically calls for ‰new High School in the Alpine Blossom Valley Area.‰ Member Jim Kelly is lone no vote but succeeds in introducing ‰poison pill‰ in bond language that allows HS to be built only when GUHSD enrollments exceeds 2007/2008 level. Bond amount is for $417M with $28 tax rate.  


2008 September - October    
Enrollment surprisingly increases in GUHSD. PM (Gafcon) reports increase in matching funds, raising Prop H total to $469M. SD County Taxpayers Association endorses Prop U and Alpine community and Indian Tribes provide volunteer and financial support. Jim Kelly signs on to opposition argument against Prop U and recruits two candidates to oppose Board members Schreiber and Urdahl re-election bids.  


2008 November    
Voters approve Prop U despite Kelly opposition. Board member Schreiber is re-elected but Urdahl is defeated by Kelly recruit Gary Woods, returning majority control to Kelly in the form of Kelly, Woods and Rob Shield.  


2009/5/1    
Final EIR recommends 93 acre Lazy A site in eastern Alpine over Wright‰'s Field site in Alpine and Chocolate Summit site in east Blossom Valley. CBOC votes 9-0 (1 abstention) supporting Lazy A recommendation.   


2009/6/11    
Public hearing and certification of Lazy A site. Public weighs in heavily in support of Lazy A over other 2 sites. GUHSD approves EIR and unanimously votes in favor of acquiring Lazy A site. Member Kelly raises concern with possible condemnation of several residences on Lazy A site but acknowledges it is the most preferable site.   


2009/8/13    
Superintendent Collins visits Alpine and meets with AHSCC. He recommends creation of a Design Team (DT) comprised of AHSCC representatives, GUHSD staff and the school architects (Sprotte‰ Watson and IBI Group).  


2009 September    
DT begins series of four 3 hour meetings. Collins brings in school design expert, Victoria Bergsagel, as meeting facilitator. DT has 7 AHSCC reps. AHSCC presents Curriculum and Design Foundation Principles report which sets forth community character and preferences for the new school.  


2009 September - November    
Design Team develops plans and concepts for a modern campus that incorporates multi-uses, ‰schools within a school‰ or academy concept, and the local heritage and style of Alpine area. DT and GUHSD hold Alpine community forum to present initial school concept drawings for Lazy A site. DT visits High Tech High in San Diego and several Seattle area Gates Foundation sponsored schools designed around ‰schools within school‰Ű and other innovative concepts. Initial architectural and curriculum plans developed and presented at Alpine community information meeting on 10/28.  


2010/1/13    
AHSCC members of DT submit comments on initial plans. AHSCC supports majority of proposal but makes case for an additional STEM academy (‰pod‰) that would bring school size to 1200-1400 students to accommodate all students in Alpine/Blossom Valley area per original intent of Prop H.   


2010/1/28    
Architects present detailed draft plans to Superintendent Collins and DT. There is also discussion re innovative curriculums for the new school.  


2010 March    
Scott Patterson presents new budget for the high school which reveals it has been downsized to $57M, including site acquisition. All sports playing fields are eliminated and school is sized for 800 students;200 fewer than Alpine high school population and excluding all of Blossom Valley. This raises serious concerns as original funding was $73M (or $80M in 2010 dollars). AHSCC believes not even a bare bones school could be built with new budget and questions the budget adjustment by staff rather than the Board. This cut is made despite ample funds available from Prop H and U and State match.  


2010/3/11    
Board members Kelly, Shield, Woods endorse naming new high school ‰Ronald Reagan HS. Letter sent by Ronald Reagan Legacy Project leader, Grover Norquist, supporting name for new school. Board votes 3-2 (Schreiber, Hoy vote NO) to provide exception to existing Board policy. Some residents in Alpine object and want community to have voice in naming.  Bob Collins announces his decision to resign as GUHSD Superintendent. - Click Here


2010/3/15    
AHSCC reps meet with County Supervisor Diane Jacob to discuss potential joint uses for school facilities and site, as recommended in BAC report. Potential joint uses include community library, athletic and recreational fields and facilities, and arts and entertainment venues. Supervisor Jacob, an ardent supporter of the high school, is supportive of joint uses but cautions that any County funding needs adequate matching bond funds from Grossmont.  


2010/5/10    
Staff presentation to GUHSD Board on proposed design and schematics for new HS;curriculum concepts, and boundary process for determining boundary for new HS and revising district boundaries.   


2010/5/19    
12th High School Naming Committee holds its one and only meeting. Mark Price and Duncan Hunter oppose Ron Nehring proposal to have all of East County to weigh in on naming. Committee instead votes to seek naming input only from Alpine/Blossom Valley area.  Article - Click Here 2010 Alpine High School Naming Committee ​2010 May - San Diego UT Article - What’s in a name? East County school fight diverts attention from education - CLICK HERE 


2010 May - East County Magazine Article - TRIBAL LEADER TO ALPINE SCHOOL NAMING COMMITTEE: REAGAN SHOWED “OUTRIGHT CONTEMPT FOR NATIVE AMERICANS” - CLICK HERE 

2010 May - East County Magazine - EDITOR'S BLOG: GUHSD COMMITTEE SHOULD CHECK REAGAN RECORD ON NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES BEFORE NAMING ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR FORMER PRESIDENT - CLICK HERE 


​2010/6/8 ​GUHSD's 12th High School Community Forum - Alpine Community Center. This is a video from the forum - Click Here


2010/6/10     ​
GUHSD Board disbands 12th High School Naming Committee. UT editorial blames member Kelly for creating the ‰rush-to-name mess.‰ The naming of the school is dropped but raises concerns in Alpine about political retaliation.

 

2010/6/30    
CBOC raises concern that opening new HS will result in closure of Santana HS and recommends that no bond money be spent on new HS except for site acquisition. (No Board has suggested closure of any GUHSD school.)

  

2010/7/1    
Bob Collins resignation becomes effective.   


2010/7/8    
Ralf Swenson takes over as new GUHSD superintendent.  CBOC Chair, Elana Levens-Craig, presents CBOC recommendation to stop new HS expenditures. Members Kelly and Woods ask if CBOC was looking into cost of operating new HS. Member Hoy objects and assistant superintendent Patterson confirms that operating costs are not in the purview or jurisdiction of CBOC. Hoy also debunks Santana closure rumor.  


2010 August    
Jim Kelly, Rob Shield, and Dick Hoy announce that they will seek re-election to the GUHSD Board.

 

2010/9/9    
GUHSD Board workshop. Assistant superintendent Patterson states district is going forward with 2 ‰pod‰ 800 student HS that will be expanded as needed. Schematics and a time line for school opening in 2013 were presented along with Lazy A site acquisition status and relocation of residents. Formation of a Boundary Committee (BC) in Feb. 2011 was announced with a final report expected in June, 2011.   


2010/9/20    
Superintendent Swenson attends AHSCC meeting in Alpine to discuss new high school. He states: ‰I believe there will be a high school in Alpine.‰ However, he mentions enrollment trigger issue in Prop U and economic concerns. He thanks AHSCC DT members but states that GUHSD now needs to take ‰ownership‰ of the high school planning process.   


2010/9/30    
UT article discusses potential delay of HS. Swenson states "While there is a bond measure for the building of the school, we still have to consider all the other costs.‰ Article raises immediate concern in Alpine and at a League of Women Voters forum that evening the GUHSD candidates are asked about delaying the high school. Member Kelly states: ‰The board has not voted on any delays‰_we have voted all ‰yes‰ on the building of that high school. I have personally said that I want to build a great new high school.‰ Dick Hoy added the school was still on schedule to open in 2013.  


2010/10/14    
At GUHSD Board meeting, preliminary enrollment figures for 2010/2011 exceed trigger #. Swenson recommends formation of boundary committee.  


2011 February    
Boundary Committee members are announced. There are 2 Alpine representatives on the committee of about 20 members. Doug Deane is named Chair and Vince O‰'Hara is retained as the demographic consultant. The Committee is charged with the responsibility of recommending new school attendance boundaries for GUHSD to accommodate the new high school, reduce overcrowding at Granite Hills and Grossmont high schools and establish a more balanced attendance at all the schools.  


2011 February 1 - February 8    
Email correspondence between Ron Nehring and AHSCC member Sal Casamassima and new AHSCC Chair, Megan Werland. Both Casamassima and Werland express concern over the high school naming feud and attempt to re-engage Nehring. In the correspondence, Nehring expresses his offense at being attacked by former AHSCC leaders on the naming issue, especially in the press, and sums it up by stating: ‰They [former AHSCC leadership] were so adamant to control the naming and shoot down ideas not their own ‰ now they can reap the results of their ‰all or nothing‰ approach. Which, based on my read of the situation, will be ‰all or nothing‰.  


2011/2/2     Alpine HS supporters hold a high school rally and information forum for the Alpine community. Sal Casamassima, makes power point presentation on the history, background, and ongoing issues surrounding the school and the acquisition of the site. Ralf Swenson attends the rally.  

2011/2/10    
Special power point presentation by Alpine HS supporters to GUHSD Board. There were hundreds of Alpine and Blossom Valley residents in attendance and numerous public commenters stated their support, including SD County Supervisor Diane Jacob.   


2011/3/30    
Based on non-final enrollment number that indicates enrollment is 21 below the trigger of 22,345, CBOC recommends halting of spending on new school until trigger is satisfied plus requests GUHSD Board to request BC to include no 12th high school option in its final Boundary Committee report. The UT editorial is sharply critical of CBOC going outside its purview which is limited to ‰validate that bond funds are spent within the intent of the bond measure.‰   


2011/4/14    
At request of CBOC Chair Levens-Craig, who is also a member of the BC, GUHSD member Kelly requests BC Chair, Doug Deane, to include a no 12th HS option in its report because the enrollment trigger may not be satisfied.   


2011/5/12    
GUHSD Board meeting at which the final enrollment number is actually 2 above 22,345, thus satisfying the enrollment trigger. Despite this news, the Board does not withdraw the no 12th HS option from the BC review. The BC dubs the first option as Model 12HS (including the 12th HS) and the second as Model 9 (no 12th HS). The AHSCC expresses strong opposition to Model 9 since it directly conflicts the express intent of the bonds to build the school.  


2011 June-July    
BC conducts public hearings and directs the work and analysis of demographic expert, Vince O‰'Hara. BC completes its work, finalizes, and votes out its report on Models 12HS and Model 9.


2011/7/14     ​
Doug Deane and Vince O‰'Hara present BC findings to GUHSD Board. BC Report strongly favors Model 12HS as providing most benefit to District. New HS brings about better boundary adjustments and will draw in new students and students from charter schools, causing an influx of state revenue to the district. Demographic analysis also supports an enrollment figure of 1100 ‰to 1200 students at the new school rather than 800. {During Mr. Deane‰'s presentation, member Kelly leaves the board room.}Numerous public commenters from Alpine and Blossom Valley echo their support of the BC findings and the need to move forward with school construction.  In a surprise behind the scenes move, Superintendent Swenson, at the behest of members Kelly, Shield, and Woods, offers up a resolution to effectively kill the high school by suspending construction on the school buildings for future review and consideration only when State funding is restored to 2008 levels. Member Schreiber fiercely objects to this resolution because there is no basis in either bond proposition to support it. Member Hoy was able to get the resolution partly amended by including language that would allow site development and submittal of architectural designs to DSA.   


2011-07-14
GUHSD - Board Meeting
GUHSD - Resolution 2012-05 - Recommendations on the 12th High School (1 hour) -  Click Here


2011-07-14
GUHSD - Board Meeting (Excerpt)
Prop U Trigger Language Discussion (10 minutes) -  Click Here


2011/9/29    
Special GUHSD Board meeting to prioritize Boundary Model. Model 9 is recommended as no 12th high school is anticipated per July 14 resolutions. A modified (delayed) version of Model 12HS proposed by Ralf Swenson is rejected. Board approves 3 community forums to get public input.

 

2011/10/29    
Community forum in Blossom Valley brings out large number of public commenters from Alpine and BV. In absence of Alpine/BV high school, BV students will be required to attend El Capitan HS under Model 9 instead of Granite Hills HS. Model 9 forces other unwelcome student shifts and is opposed by many parents in La Mesa, Grossmont, and Rancho San Diego.  


2011/11/10    
GUHSD Board meeting at which majority dismisses parental objections to Model 9 and approves proceeding with this boundary plan.  On this same day another GUHSD high school Alpine student is killed in a highway accident en route to school.  


2011/12/2    
AHSCC reps meet with Supervisor Diane Jacob to report on GUHSD Board decisions re indefinite delay of construction and rejection of Model 12HS.  


2012/2/9    
Major outcry and push back by many parents over attendance boundary changes. Board calls for special public meeting to address concerns.  


2012/2/14    
Litigation settlement on largest parcel of the high school site (original Lazy A ranch). Purchase price is $12.5M, bringing total expenditures on site parcels, relocation, home demolition, permitting, and design/architectural planning to approximately $19M. An additional $8M-14M is estimated to complete grading, utilities, and infrastructure for site.  


2012/2/16    
Special meeting on Model 9 attendance boundaries. Board limits comment to 30 public speakers of which 28 were in opposition to proposal. Board decides to phase in transition to new boundaries. Meeting is a chaotic with Board President Rob Shield chastising irate speakers and calling an unscheduled recess. Many attendees spontaneously walk out in protest of staged presentation by member Gary Woods‰ŰŞ recitation of transition proposal.  


2012/4/15    
GUHSD Board rescinds vote on naming of new high school and establishes a committee to develop recommendation for high school name. The committee mainly consists of local Republican leaders, including former US Rep. Duncan Hunter, AUSD Board member Mark Price, and State Republican Party chair and former GUHSD Board member, Ron Nehring. UT editorial identifies Nehring and Board member Shield as circulating mass emails to skew local Alpine survey on school naming. Nehring admits to his role but claims what he did was not illegal.  


2012/7/11    
Alpine citizens form a Unification Committee to move forward with the petition process to initiate unification of the Alpine school district pursuant to the State Education Code and separate from GUHSD.  


2012/7/24    
​Unification Committee elects to come under the umbrella and supervision of the existing AHSCC organization. Sal Casamassima is elected AHSCC Chair and Al Haven, Vice Chair.  


2012/8/16    
The Alpine Union School District Board of Trustees votes unanimously (5-0) to support the Unification Resolution presented by the Alpine High School Citizen‰'s Committee and the Alpine Citizen‰'s Unification Committee.  


2012/8/17    
Alpine asks GUHSD to enter into a Joint Resolution in Support of Alpine's unification effort. A joint resolution was entered into in 2002 and then rescinded by both Districts when they agreed to work together for the passage of a GUHSD bond and with a commitment from GUHSD to build a new high school in the Blossom Valley/Alpine corridor.  


2012/8/7    
​Members of Unification Committee (Sal Casamassima, Al Haven, and Alpine Union school Board member Mark Price) meet with GUHSD superintendent Ralf Swenson to inform him of unification drive and answer clarifying questions. Swenson indicates he will inform GUHSD Board members of the Alpine unification petition.  AHSCC votes to approve resolution in support of unification and to pass resolution on to other Alpine/Blossom Valley organizations for their support.  


2012/9/27    
The Alpine Community Planning Group approved, with no negative votes, the Unification Resolution.  


2013/5/21    
​The San Diego Grand Jury recommends the Grossmont Build the High School in Alpine or Support the Alpine Unification Effort - CLICK HERE  


2013/10/23
Alpine High School Unification signatures are turned in to the County Office of Education to be verified.

 

2013/11/19
AHSCC representatives meet with AUSD Officials (including Superintendent and 2 Board members) to provide a briefing and current status on the Unification effort.

 

2013/11/20
AHSCC hosts a Unification Update Meeting at 6:30pm at Alpine Elementary School Auditorium.  

For Forum Flier - Click Here

For Power Point Presentation - Click Here


2014/2/26
ALPINE PASSES CRUCIAL FIRST THRESHOLD IN UNIFICATION EFFORT 

For Press Release - Click Here

 

2014/4/29
San Diego Office and Board of Education hold Hearing in Alpine. 

Alpine Petitioners File Brief outlying their justification for unification.  

See History of Documents and Articles above.

GUHSD Passes Resolution against the unification effort.  See History of Documents and Articles above.

 

2014/5/7

San Diego Office and Board of Education hold Hearing in The Grossmont District

 

2014/10/14
ALPINE UNIFICATION HEARING - October 20 - CLICK HERE      

2014/10/14
ALPINE FILES LAW SUITS AGAINST GUHSD - CLICK HERE

 

​2014/10/15

San Diego UT Article - 10-15-14 - Alpine Files Injunction Against Grossmont Union High School District - Click Here

PDF Copy - Click Here

 

2014/10/15

THE COMPLAINT (LAWSUIT) - CLICK HERE

 

2014/10/20

Powerpoint presented at the Community Forum - CLICK HERE


2014/10/24

Grossmont continues to mislead and misrepresent the facts;

GUHSD Superintendent Flier - CLICK HERE

GUHSD Board Member Hoy UT Op-Ed - CLICK HERE

GUHSD Board Member Stieringer UT Op-Ed - CLICK HERE

Michael Waterman UT Op-Ed - CLICK HERE

 

2014/10/25

Unification Committee's Response to GUHSD Board Member UT Op-Ed - CLICK HERE


2014/12/04

Injunction Documents filed with the court:

 

DOCS--2090836-v1--AUSD v  Grossmont (34850) GUHSDs Opposition to Plaintiffs Motion for Preliminary Injunction

 

DOCS--2095844-v1--Reply ISO Mtn for Prelim Injunction

 

DOCS-#2088385-v1-AUSD_Grossmont_(34850)__Memo_of_P_s_and_A_s_ISO_Defendants_Demurrer_to_Complaint_

 

2014/12/03

San Diego UT Article - Alpine-Grossmont school districts' row to be heard Friday - CLICK HERE

 

2014/12/5

Alpine, Grossmont to meet again Dec. 18 - UTSanDiego.com - CLICK HERE

 

2015/1/21

Judge Tentatively Rules in Alpine's Favor - UTSanDiego.com - CLICK HERE

 

2015/1/22
GUHSD's Media Statement in Response to Court’s Decision on Alpine Injunction - CLICK HERE

 

2015/1/23
Judge favors Alpine over Grossmont - UTSanDiego.com - CLICK HERE

 

2015/1/23
GUHSD's Superintendent Update on the legal process regarding Alpine - CLICK HERE

 

2015/2/6
Article for Newspapers on Recent Unification Lawsuit - CLICK HERE

2015/2/6
GUHSD Update on the legal process regarding Alpine - CLICK HERE

 

2015/2/5
Regulators Way Too Easy On Muni Bond Fraudsters - FORBES - CLICK HERE

 

2015/2/12
SHOULD CRIMINAL CHARGES BE FILED AGAINST THE GUHSD? - CLICK HERE
For PDF version - CLICK HERE

 
2015/2/17
READER'S EDITORIAL: THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT! - CLICK HERE
PDF - CLICK HERE

 

2015/2/19
GUHSD BOARD VOTES TO APPEAL ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL RULING; LEGAL BILLS COULD COST TAXPAYERS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS - CLICK HERE
PDF - CLICK HERE

 

2015/5/12
The Case of the Missing Alpine High School - CLICK HERE
PDF - CLICK HERE

 

2015/6/9
Demurrer Issue Decided - CLICK HERE

 

2015/6/10
GUHSD Media Statement in Response to Court’s Decision on Motion to Dismiss Alpine Injunction - CLICK HERE
 

2015/6/10
Judge upholds ruling for Alpine vs. Grossmont - UT Article - CLICK HERE
PDF Version - CLICK HERE

 

2015/6/10
Alpine school district planning for high school - UT Article - CLICK HERE
PDF Version - CLICK HERE

 

2015/6/16
How GUHSD Bond Overseers Are Being Snookered - Times of San Diego - CLICK HERE
PDF Version - CLICK HERE

 

2015/8/12
Mark Price was deposed by the lawyers for Grossmont on August 12, 2015.  The attached is a narrative Mark prepared which outlines his involvement with this issue. - CLICK HERE

This is the timeline Mark used to draft his narrative. - CLICK HERE

 

2015/8/14
Sal Casamassima was deposed by the lawyers for Grossmont on August 14, 2015.

 

2015/12/30
GUHSD Board Discussion and vote on Prop U Trigger Language (10 minute video).  From meeting July 14, 2011.  CLICK HERE

2015/12/30
GUHSD Board Discussion and vote on 12th high school Resolution 2012-05 (60 minute video).  From meeting July 14, 2011.  CLICK HERE