While the need for a high school in Alpine certainly exceeds the benefits, the benefits are substantial and should not be overlooked:
The Benefits for the Kids
Kids are dying on the roads
Being separated from their class
Our school promises to be great
Parents of more then one student of different ages are faced with tough decisions over which child they will support in extra-curriculars.
The Benefits for the Teachers and Schools
Alpine schools are among the finest in the state of CA and our teachers are beloved, educators, neighbors, and friends. We are fortunate that many of our teachers have educated generations of families in Alpine. Few things are more heart warming then to see the look of amazement on a young child’s face when their teacher shares “your mommy and daddy were once students of mine too.” In a community such as ours this happens more often then you’d think; its part of the magic of living in Alpine!
Sadly, ( In 2011?) our teachers suffered through pink slip/ lay off notifications. For a variety of reasons, many of which are directly linked to Alpine not having a high school, attendance in Alpine schools is declining (do we have a graph we can insert?) and the financial wellbeing of our Alpine District schools is now under question.
During the June 2012 elections, Alpine voters were not willing to pass bond measures to benefit Alpine District Schools. This is largely attributed to Alpine resident’s anger over the decision made by 4 out of 5 of Grossmont Union High School District school board members, to delay a promised high school indefinitely this is outlined in bond measures U & H and passed by voters in 2008. Alpine residents pay on average $400- $700 a year for a high school that does not exist. Mark Price, Alpine Union School Board member shares Voters have learned that just because they vote and pass measures that require taxes it doesn’t mean school districts are going to uphold laws and deliver on their promises.” Need to flush out...
Unfortunately even though Grossmont and Alpine school districts are completely separate entities, voter distrust is taking a toll on the local school district. Members of Alpine High School NOW feel strongly that the best way to protect our schools from further funding loss is to start building Alpine High School today. Al Haven, former Alpine schools superintendent, resident of Alpine and a member of Alpine High Schools NOW states “Teachers are at the center of what makes Alpine great. Teachers deserve job security, and necessary resources to teach the next generation of student. Alpine didn’t create this problem, but we’re going to work to fix this problem.”
The Benefits for the Community
Not having a high school is extremely harmful to the Alpine Local Economy…
Families make decision about where to live based on where their children will attend school. Despite having record low housing prices and schools that are ranked among the best in the state, enrollment in the Alpine district is declining. Families have expressed their discomfort moving to a community that lacks a local high school. As a result of gas prices at record breaking highs, parents can’t afford to drive their kids back and forth to school and no parent wants their children sitting on a bus for 2 or more hours a day. Many families have chosen to leave Alpine. In order to help Alpine’s once vibrant real estate market return it is imperative to build a high school.
Not having a high school is harmful to the local Alpine business community as well. Those families that have stayed in Alpine are now required drive a minimum of 20 minutes (one way) to be involved with their child. When extra-curriculars are down the hill and a parents get an hour break, time constraints prohibit them from being able come back to Alpine for entertainment, to grab lunch, get gas, shop for groceries, clothing and other essentials.
Each time a family is forced to buy lunch, coffee or clothing down the hill rather then one of Alpines many stores or the Viejas outlet center, our tax base is decreased. This greatly impacts our schools, fire department, community center...
Unification, changing the Alpine School District from a K-8 district to a K-12 or even a K-14 district. If this is successful it would entitle the community of Alpine to approximately $80 to $110 million dollars. That is Alpine's share of Grossmont's assets. It would certainly be enough to build a first class and fully comprehensive high school.
This rendering was developed by the Grossmont Union High School District.
The goal and purpose of this Web Site as well as our Facebook page and our Twitter feeds is to keep everyone updated on the progress of a new high school for Alpine. It has become clear that the Grossmont Union High School District has little to no intention to build the high school, which Alpine is paying for through two bonds, any time soon, if at all.
Therefore, those who have been active in this effort for many years have decided that if it is going to be built it needs to be done by the community of Alpine.