EDUCATION ACTIVIST POSTS SITE ON GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD CONTROVERSIES

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By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A new website, www.GUHSDBoardCandidate.com, has been set up by critics of the Grossmont Union High School District Board to draw attention to controversies involving some board members seeking reelection.

“This site will assist you in exploring the inner workings of the Grossmont Union High School District,” the website states. “Astonishing fact is the San Diego County Grand Jury Investigated GUHSD Board. The GUHSD's handling of the BONDED Alpine High School is dubious, certainly unethical, maybe they've possibly been legally or civilly criminal. You decide.”

The site’s webmaster is Bill Weaver, former co-chair of education and business committees for both the East County and Mountain Empire Chambers of Commerce. A long-time advocate for an Alpine high school that the GUHSD has refused to build despite two bond measures approved by voters with funds for projects including the high school, Weaver has also run for the GUHSD board in the past.  

He clearly has an agenda seeking change.  “With help from caring neighbors, GUHSD residents, parents, grandparents, and the voting public, let's influence a majority change on this GUHSD Governing Board,” the site states.

The GUHSD board majority and Superintendent defied the Grand Jury and have contended that key thresholds to build the school were not met.  The board also refused to comply with a Grand Jury request to either set a timetable to build the school by the end of last year, or cooperate with unification efforts to enable the Alpine Union School District to do so. 

Earlier this month, the Board majority voted to oppose unification. The County Board of Education however has voted to support unification efforts and the matter now goes to the State Board of Education.  Superintendent Ralf Swenson has pledged that he will seek to block unification at the state level, an action that has frustrated many Alpine parents.