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October 31, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A flyer that landed in mailboxes just in time for Halloween features images of a haunted house and a cemetery-–along wtih a message urging recipients to “Look inside…At the scary report on the Grossmont Union High School District Board Members Jim Kelly and Robert Shield,  IF YOU DARE…” 

The flyer supports challengers Shirley Anderson and Barbara Stevens in the election, which has six candidates running including incumbents Kelly and Shield.  The mailer was paid for as an independent expenditure by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

Kelly and Shield drew the ire of the tribe by failing to build the long-promised Alpine High School, which voters twice approved bond measures to fund (Propositions H and U).  Children from Sycuan are among those forced to travel long distances to attend high school.

The flyer faults Kelly and Shield for “deliberate misleading of voters” that led a Grand Jury to find the District violated its promise to voters, a reference to the district reneging on its agreement to build an Alpine High School despite two bond measures approved by voters that both listed the high school as a priority.  The board was chastised by the County Grand Jury in a report titled “Fool me once, Fool me twice” yet defied the Grand Jury recommendations.

The mailer claims that 7 out of 11 district schools were ranked among the highest in the county for drugs and violence, citing a CBS report, but with print too small to read on the copy ECM was sent.

In addition, the flyer claims that the Grossmont district ranks below the California state average on standardized testing in seven subjects including English, math and history.

The candidates supported by Sycuan are:

 Shirley Anderson, a retired financial executive and taxpayer in the district who says she wants to make the needs of students our number one priority.

Barbara Stevens, a parent of a Helix High Charter graduate in the district and is a graduate of the San Diego Taxpayers Association Pension Certificate Program.  She wants to change the status quo to an active, involved board with students as top priority.

The other two candidates in the race are Steve Mettia, a law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Dr. Gary Woods, who was voted off of the Grossmont Board in the last election following the Grand Jury report’s release. Woods opposed both Propositions H and U and opposed the Alpine High School as well, along with Kelly and Shield.

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Multiple Reasons To Vote Against Jim Kelly & Rob Shields

A change in the GUHSD Board leadership and controlling majority could SAVE THE GUHSD! Save Teaching jobs by getting new and responsible GUHSD Board Members; The GUHSD NEEDS to look inward to investigate itself, openly. The GUHSD should stop it's own Board initiated campaign of misinformation by the GUHSD Superintendent (and others), targeting its employee associations and the parents throughout its East County District. Why? They aren't telling the factual truth... Every non-biased review of the GUHSD has found fault in their self-governance. The GUHSD Trustees Jim Kelly, Current Bd. Clerk, and Rob Shield, the current Bd. President should be held accountable. The "San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)" Board and Committee on School District (re) Organization have reviewed the merits of the Alpine Unification Petition by conducting three separate review hearings. These hearings were each monitored by outside professionals, EXPERTS on CA Education Code. After receiving this 3rd party review and legal advise, the SDCOE unanimously voted 5-0 to approve unification at the end of the final hearing, stipulating that Alpine had met all of the 9 separate State Education Code requirements for a union school district to become a unified school district. Also, the "San Diego County Grand Jury (SDCGJ)" has conducted an investigation of the GUHSD and has issued a very critical report on GUHSD Board actions. Both the SDCOE, and the SDCGJ are authorities that are non-biased, with no reason to pick a side favoring Alpine. The GUHSD has acted like children in their response to all agencies not in agreement with their policies and actions. The GUHSD has retaliated with childish denial of any wrongdoing on its part. Both of these authorities having jurisdiction (SDCOE and SDCGJ) have found that Alpine is asking only for what it is due, its legally authorized share of money available from the sale of past and future bond proceeds, for the construction of an Alpine high school. This is a bond project that was not only listed, it was prioritized, in the opening statement of Prop H in 2004, then again in Prop U in 2008, which was intended to finish the unfinished Prop H projects. Alpine is asking the Grossmont Union HS District to release the bond share it promised twice. Fixing up, improving GUHSD schools is good, however breaking the law, ignoring mandated voter approved projects, while funding non-voter approved projects IS NOT OK! This GUHSD BOARD and Administration is not being honest. Bond money is being spent on projects not included on the voter-approved and authorized bond list. That is the reason a taxpayer waste lawsuit was filed against the GUHSD. The lawsuit cites specific examples of this within its first 15 pages. The GUHSD has stated during pubic meetings that it has $86 million in unspent money raised from past bond sales. Additionally the GUHSD has approved another bond sale for $55 million for next year. It is non-debatable that there is available money from these bonds for Grossmont to build the Alpine high school as promised in both Prop H and Prop U. GUHSD Board member Jim Stieringer, and Priscilla Schreiber have both opined to this fact. No current projects underway must be stopped. The future illegal spending on all yet to be initiated projects should be stopped, to facilitate constructing the Prop H and Prop U (Based on 2003 and 2008 LRFMP of GUHSD) listed and legally authorized Alpine High School. No teachers will lose their jobs, none will be laid off. A set-aside of funds (the GUHSD Board voted, an escrow was promised, however never funded) for an Alpine high school is essential, otherwise the illegal projects with on-going spending will not enable the listed, prioritized, and authorized, high school in Alpine to be constructed. More opinions, much non-biased information, and details from third party sources is available at this information website; Read the first 15 pages of the complaint against the GUHSD, cut and paste this web address into your browser... Respectfully submitted, Bill A. Weaver, Parent – Taxpayer – A Registered Voter