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By Jack Pott

April 1, 2014 (Alpine) –Alpine parents have finally found a way to build the long-promised high school. 

“The odds of counting on the Grossmont Union High School District were just unwinnable,” said Sal Casamassimo, Chair, Alpine High School Citizens Committee.  “We twice voted for bond measures to build the school, and both times they spent all the money on other projects not even listed in the bond.”

Parents got signatures to divorce from the district and unify with the Alpine Union School District.  But after learning that this process would take several more years, Alpine parents decided to pool their resources and take a gamble—literally. (click "read more" below for full story)

“We asked everyone in town to ante up. Then we headed out to the casinos – Viejas and Sycuan, during a March Madness Multi-Megabucks Giveaway and guess what?  We hit the jackpot!” Casamassimo exclaims.  “Ka-ching!”

In honor of occasion, the new high school will be named Kumeyaay Charter High.  The new school will be built on land donated by Viejas and will serve students in both the Alpine and Blossom Valley communities, as well as reservation teens. Sycuan has agreed to donate buses from its casino fleet to transport students in comfort and safety. 

The  new Kumeyaay Charter High School aspires to follow the proud tradition of Kumeyaay Elementary, which currently ranks among the top 10% of all elementary schools statewide with API test scores of 913 out of 1000 and rave reviews from parents.   

In addition to a traditional high school curriculum, the new school will offer both high tech options as well as Native American studies and traditions, from pottery making and basket weaving to blackjack dealing and hotel management.

Happy April Fool’s Day! Read more April 1, 2014 "breaking news" stories here.

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