GUHSD ANNOUNCES SPECIAL MEETING FEB. 16 ON CONTROVERSIAL BOUNDARY CHANGES

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February 11, 2012 (Santee) - Grossmont Union High School District will host a special Board meeting Thursday, February 16 to review its newly enacted high school boundaries and open enrollment policies, as well as consider alternative options for the 2012-13 school year. This public meeting will be held in the theater at West Hills High School at 8756 Mast Blvd. in Santee at 6:00 p.m.

"This was the best possible outcome that we could have hoped for. The decision to change the boundaries can only be reversed by the board," said Greg Kerrebrock,  a parent who has led efforts to get the board to reverse the boundary changes...."I would urge those who are truly concerned or significantly affected to seize this opportunity and make an appearance next Thursday."

The Superintendent led discussions with parents last, facing strong opposition from many parents present.

"Some of the board members realize the mistakes of the boundary process and therefore have created this meeting next Thursday where the boundary changes are on the agenda and face the possibility of being halted," said Kerrebrock, who penned a column on last week's meeting that ran in La Mesa Patch: http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/school-board-could-scrap-or-delay-new-attendance-boundaries

A poll of ECM readers found that 91% of 450 poll participants said they believe the district should have sent mailers to all district residents before changing shcool boundaries.  Kerrebrock has launched a petition with 250 signatures of people opposed to the boundary changes.

One ECM reader who participated in discussion groups at one of last week's parent meetings, however, expressed concern that a facilitator assigned to take notes on parents concerns jotted down only a couple of points despite more than an hour of in-depth discussion, raising doubts as to how Board members can be informed of citizens' concerns when some concerns were not recorded or written down.

The District's flyer states that the Board will receive public comment on Thursday with the possibility of taking specific action that evening. "The Grossmont Union High School District encourages your voice to be heard," the flyer adds.