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The 12th GUHSD HS Bonds Project Q&A - Why is it still an issue?

6 candidates for 2 GUHSD Board positions: 2 incumbents, and 4 new candidates. Hottest issue is funding and opening a 12th HS. Land has been purchased, Architects are finished, CA permits paid for.

Q: Why is it still an issue?


A:
Because it was funded by a public initiative bond measure, twice funded, under Prop H ($274 M) and Prop U ($417 M), Further, HS12 is a money maker for the GUHSD, the one and ONLY bond project predicted to make money, and attract new students and ADA CA St Funding, per GUHSD Demographer Mr. Vince O'Hara. HS12 project construction budget is ~$73 million.

There are over 1200 students that would attend, and this would alleviate overcrowding at Granite Hills HS, now populated at around 2800 students (and SAVE money by reducing physical campus needed added classrooms using up bond money because 600 fewer students would be at GHHS).

With the predicted new students and district growth that will be attracted by an HS12, there would likely be soon about 2,000 students or more, many new to our district, that would fully populate the proposed HS12 campus, and have a waiting list instantly!


It is plain irresponsible to NOT go forward with this project; because there is the money, and the enrollment is proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be sufficient and growing by a demographer producing a statistically high probability prediction of student growth. A professional did this recently!


More silly is; Ignoring that the Granite Hills HS is over crowded, and unsafe because of overcrowding (Prop H was dubbed,” The Overcrowding & Safety Measure") and the whole recent "Boundary Study" which was originally recommended by the GUHSD Bond Advisory Commission {BAC Report Issued - June 14, 2007}; to prevent the crazy shuffling around of students that the GUHSD Gov. Board just got in hot water over. Prop H was meant to reduce Granite Hills HS overcrowding, and reduce unsafe student commutes, Steele Canyon Charter HS included.


Almost 700 Alpine/Blossom Valley students go to GHHS, 340 go to Steele Canyon. Both are overcrowded and unsafely impacted. The student body and education suffers at both by sheer mass of students per campus. Today, the Steele Canyon Charter HS is busting out of its designed for 1800 student capacity, with its current 2400, and a waiting list to get in!


Re: Oversight... The Prop H Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) was owned by appointees', appointed to the 1st CBOC by the Bd. President, Gov. Bd. Member Jim Kelly. The current Prop U CBOC is a bit better, but was/is still intimidated by the GUHSD bureaucracy and the administration, as they inject a political self-interested spin, and excuses are shoveled out.

And; Yes we need watchdogs to oversee the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. The CBOC is part of the ineffective bureaucracy, that is why I shudder when I hear, "Strict Oversight" or supervision, that cannot exist under the current system.

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Bill A. Weaver October 28, 2012 at 05:03 AM
See AHSCC Curriculum and Foundational Principles Report - Dated Sept. 2009 > http://www.alpinehighschool.net/uploads/AHSCC_Curriculum-Report_3_.pdf
Bill A. Weaver October 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
FYI, http://www.facebook.com/AlpineBVHighSchool?ref=ts&fref=ts Relayed online conversation re: the perceived Alpine separatists, throwing of Blossom Valley area residents under the bus (NOT): Blossom Valley residents have been thrown under the bus the last few years in regards to 12th high school and boundaries, and I too blame Alpine partially for this --along with an incompetent GUHSD Board. (1) 12th high school was initially going to be big enough for BV and BV supported Alpine 100% on bond measures. However later the high school was to be made smaller and BV excluded; Alpine didnt care--they still were going to get their school (even though it is off now). It was BV's problem at the time. (2) In regards to Boundary Committee, BV residents had to fight for their right to continue choice of high schools (Granite or El Cap). There were Alpine residents on the Boundary Committee that known (or should have known) that BV wanted choice and didn't support us. Last year my wife and several others fought tirelessly for the right to have choice in boundaries. [...] Unfortunately the 12th HS fate is in the hands of the GUHSD Gov. Board. If Alpine successfully separates (unifies), [...] If BV [wanted, and] annexed out of GUHSD, then BV property taxes and bond money would transfer and make this Unification better yet, assuring that a comprehensive HS could be afforded. No one is being thrown under a bus. Alpine is wanting its' rightful share of bond and tax money.
Bill A. Weaver October 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
PS / Bill A. Weaver fully supports the GUHSD (unlikely with current Gov. Bd. re-elected) as the owner, builder, and operator of a State-of-the-art, 21st Century, model, magnet high school to serve the entire GUHSD, ncluding Blossom Valley residents!
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