East County News Service
November 22, 2014 Alpine) – Alpine Union School District (AUSD) and the Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability are seeking an injunction to stop the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) from spending money that plaintiffs contend should be set aside to build a high school in Alpine. The case will be heard on December 5 at 1:30 p.m. in San Diego Superior Court, Dept. C-66 by Judge Joel Pressman. View the lawsuit here.
The suit contends that the Grossmont district is “unlawfully wasting school bond revenues approved by the voters for an Alpine high school” by spending the money from Prop H or U on other unauthorized projects. However the Alpine plaintiffs seek only to block bond fund use on any new or future construction projects – not interrupt any pending or contracted for construction projects.
Alpine parents are seeking to unify the AUSD to allow it to build the long-promised high school. The San Diego County Board of Education (SDCBOE) agrees and has recommended that the State Board of Education approve unification. The suit seeks an injunction on the Grossmont district spending, pending a decision by the State Board of Education on unification.
Despite a grand jury finding of bait-and-switch tactics regarding the district’s handling of the bond monies promised for an Alpine high school, the district has refused to turn over a fair share of the bond funds into an escrow account that could be used to build the high school if the state approves the Alpine unification proposal.
“Alpine’s harm is imminent as evidenced by Grossmont’s formal Board Resolution form September 11, 2014,” the suit contends. “Grossmont contemptuously denounces Alpine’s unification petition and Alpine’s right to an equitable portion of bond funds as unanimously recommended by the SDCOE. Grossmont also affirms its resolve to continue depleting bond funds in advance of the SBE’s determination on bond fund allocation for Alpine—thumbing its nose at the authority of both the State and County….The harm suffered by Alpine will be irreparable, because once Grossmont wastes the limited remaining bond funds, they cannot be recovered or replaced.”
Of the GUHSD board members, only trustee Priscilla Schreiber has consistently opposed the board majority’s actions and supported the wishes of Alpine parents.