Grossmont Union High School District

GUHSD BOARD SELECTS RALF SWENSON AS NEW SUPERINTENDENT TO LEAD DISTRICT

 

 

July 1, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Ralf Swenson has been tentatively selected as the next superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District contingent on successful contract negotiation, a positive community visit by the Governing Board to his current school district and further routine background checks.

 


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DISTRICT DISBANDS NAMING COMMITTEE FOR NEW ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

Committee's objectivity called into question amid Reagan name proposal

 

June 13, 2010 (Alpine) – A naming committee for the Grossmont Union High School District’s 12th high school in Alpine has been disbanded by the GUHSD governing board.  

 

“Among other items, our Board clearly heard the request for a community survey, and was reminded that the Bond language included the new high school in Alpine serving both the Alpine and Blossom Valley areas,” Gary Schwartzwald, director of adult education and special projects, wrote in an e-mail to parents in Alpine.


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20 VALEDICTORIANS ATTAIN TOP HONORS IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

June 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – Our hats are off to the class of 2010!

 

On Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5,258 senior students from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will don caps and gowns for commencement services. The District will also honor 20 valedictorians as well as 13 salutatorians for high academic achievements.

 

Scroll down for graduation dates and locations for each school, as well as graduating class sizes and names of valedictorians and salutatorians attaining top honors.


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BOB COLLINS DAY DECLARED: RETIRING GUHSD SUPERINTENDENT HONORED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS

By Miriam Raftery

June 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – After 43 years in public service, Grossmont Union High School Superintendent Robert “Bob” Collins is leaving the public sector to accept a position with a private company. Yesterday, community leaders in business, education and government held a surprise send-off event at Monte Vista Village in Lemon Grove to honor Collins.
 

The City and County both declared Friday, June 4th as “Robert Collins Day.” Charlene Zettel presented a proclamation from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Supervisor Dianne Jacob praised Collins as “best in class” and joked, “Our strategy is to weight you down with so many awards and proclamations that you will decide not to leave.”


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MEETING ON ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL SET FOR JUNE 8

May 29, 2010 (Alpine) – Grossmont Union High School District will host a forum on Alpine’s planned new high school on Tuesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine. Residents from throughout the Grossmont Union High School are welcome to attend. While boundaries for the new school’s attendance are still being finalized, parents from Alpine and Blossom Valley are particularly encouraged to participate in the forum.

 

Speakers will include GUHSD superintendent Bob Collins, assistant superintendent mike Lewis, facility planner and project lead Dena Johnson, director of instruction Cindy Douglas, as well as the architectural team from IBI Group/Sprotte-Watson and the GUHSD design team.


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TRIBAL LEADER TO ALPINE SCHOOL NAMING COMMITTEE: REAGAN SHOWED “OUTRIGHT CONTEMPT FOR NATIVE AMERICANS”



By Miriam Raftery

May 19, 2010 (Alpine) – Short of smoke signals, Viejas Vice Chairman Robert “Cita” Welch couldn’t have delivered a stronger message to members of a committee appointed by the Grossmont Union High School Board to recommend names for a planned new high school in Alpine. Despite a “long and proud tradition” of working with the District, Viejas has "increasing concerns" over a proposal to name the school after Ronald Reagan, Welch said.

"Your actions WILL have an impact on our future relationship with the district," he told committee members, then added that former President Reagan “is NOT well-regarded in Indian Country.  At best he didn’t really care too much about Native Americans. At worst—and in some well-documented cases—he showed outright contempt for Native Americans. This should matter to each of you."


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OVER 800 PROTEST PROPOSED CUTS IN TEACHER PAY, BENEFITS AT GUHSD BOARD MEETING

 

May 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – An estimated 800 to 900 teachers and supporters demonstrated in front of the Grossmont Union High School District board meeting on May 13th to protest proposed cuts in salary and health benefits.

 


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GUHSD CANCELS SPECIAL MEETINGS APRIL 8 & 9 ON HELIX CHARTER

 

April 7, 2010 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District Board of Trustees has cancelled plans to convene a special public hearing on the Helix Charter High School charter issues. The meeting was slated for April 8 with the possibility of continuing onto the 9th.


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SUPERINTENDENT COLLINS TO LEAVE DISTRICT AT END OF SCHOOL YEAR

 

Accepts new position for CORE education products company
 


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HELIX, GUHSD TRADE ACCUSATIONS OVER CHARTER REVOCATION EFFORT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2010 (La Mesa) – Last week, we reported that Helix Charter High School’s board has filed a lawsuit against the Grossmont Union High School District after the GUHSD announcing its intent to consider revocation of the Helix charter.

 

Now GUHSD Superintendent Robert Collins has issued a public letter strongly defending the District’s actions and accusing Helix Charter Board of being “non-responsive” and engaging in “delaying tactics” regarding an administrator accused of contributing to delinquency of a minor.  In response, Helix Charter Board president Cathy Singer has fired back a blistering letter of her own, calling Collins “dead wrong” and accusing the District of mounting an “unjustified and expensive smear campaign of Helix.”


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GUHSD CANCELS TONIGHT’S SPECIAL MEETING; LEARNS LESSON IN STATE SUNSHINE LAWS


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GUHSD CONVENES SPECIAL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT (FEB. 23)

 

ECM NOTIFIES BOARD OF BROWN ACT VIOLATION; REQUESTS POSTPONEMENT & DOCUMENTATION OF LEGAL CHALLENGE

Closed session shrouded in secrecy, including vague description of threatened suit

 


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WOLFPACK, SULTANS TRIUMPH AFTER ACADEMIC LEAGUE’S WEEK 10

 

By Steve Haiman, Academic League Coordinator

February 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Never mind about the Super Bowl last Sunday--the Grossmont Union High School District had its version of the the Super Bowl last week at West Hills High School.


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GUHSD MAY SEEK WAIVERS TO STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR HEARING TESTS, SUMMER SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

February 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Faced with a budget crisis due to state funding cuts and declining revenues, Grossmont Union High School District’s governing board will consider seeking waivers from state requirements for hearing screenings and minimum attendance requirements for special education students in summer school programs.


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GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT FACES PAINFUL BUDGET CUTS

 

January 28, 2008 (El Cajon) – “Tonight is a most difficult meeting,” GUHSD Superintendent Bob Collins told those present this evening at a special governing board budget workshop. Citing funding cuts from the state plaguing school districts throughout the state, he warned of a growing budget gap.

 

“The current district surplus will be fully consumed in solving this crisis—and it will not be enough.” He predicted, “It will be gone by the end of the year—and things are going to get worse.”


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GUHSD BOARD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING ON BUDGET THURS. JAN. 28

 

January 24, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District's board of trustees will hold a special meeting this Thursday, January 28th on budget issues. A closed session will be held at 5 pm, followed by a public session at 6 pm.

 

The meeting will be held at the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street in EL Cajon.

 


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GROSSMONT ANNOUNCES OPENING ON CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

October 13, 2009 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill an opening on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). The CBOC is responsible for implementation of Proposition H, the $274 million general obligation bond measure passed in 2004 to bring facility improvements and renovations to the district’s schools. In addition, the CBOC also oversees Proposition U, the $417 million general obligation bond measure passed in 2008 to substantially complete modernization of all District schools, provide classrooms and equipment for Career Technical Education, and construct a new high school in the Alpine/Blossom Valley area.


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WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT? FIND OUT OCT. 3

 

September 24, 2009 (El Cajon) – Grossmont Union High School District will host a free public forum Oct. 3 on the future of the district. The public is invited to learn more about projects planned for each campus and school project timelines, as well as celebrate the future of Grossmont schools. Imagery of design guidelines for specialty classrooms will be on display.


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SWEEPING AWAY TRUANCY: GUHSD REDUCES DROP-OUT RATE BY DROPPING IN ON KIDS WHO DITCH SCHOOL

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

September 23, 2009 (Santee) – If you’re playing hooky in the Grossmont Union High School District, you might get some unexpected visitors . Today, Superintendent Bob Collins dropped in at the homes of truant students in Santee, along with a Sheriff’s Deputy and child welfare worker. Juvenile Detail sweeps also include visits to places frequented by truant teens, from Starbucks to parks to the local mall.

 

It’s all part of a joint effort that has reduced drop-out rates in the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) from 7-8% three years ago to under 3% last year.


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GUHSD CONSIDERS BUDGET-CUTTING STRATEGIES IN WAKE OF $40 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING CUTS OVER PAST 2 YEARS


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FIELDS OF DREAMS: MAJOR ATHLETIC FIELD IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


Projects Funded by Props H and U School Bonds

 

July 24, 2009 (El Cajon) – Grossmont Union High School District announced this week that construction is underway to enhance athletic fields and facilities at several campuses. The projects are funded by the Proposition H and Proposition U bonds passed by East County voters in 2004 and 2008.


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HELIX TAKES ACTION TO HALT CHARTER REVOCATION VOTE; GUHSD BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING THURS. JULY 23

 

July 22, 2009 (La Mesa)—Grossmont Union High School District’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting Wednesday July 23 at 5 p.m. to review an amendment to the Helix Charter. The amendment was devised by the Helix Charter Board and two GUHSD board members to address the board’s concerns over handling of sexual misconduct cases.

 


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GUHSD TRUSTEES TO HELIX: CHANGE BOARD POLICIES TO PREVENT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, OR LOSE CHARTER


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GUHSD BOARD TO VOTE ON REVOCATION OF HELIX HIGH CHARTER AT MEETING THURS. JULY 9


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HIGH SCHOOL FOR ALPINE GETS UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF GUHSD BOARD

By Miriam Raftery

June 11, 2009 (Alpine)—Cheers and tears of joy filled the room tonight as the Grossmont Union High School Board unanimously voted to approve construction of a new high school in Alpine. The decision drew a rousing ovation from parents and others who have fought for more than a decade to bring a high school to their community.

Trustee Priscilla Schreiber praised Viejas and Sycuan tribal leaders and other community members for their support, then thanked new Superintendent
Bob Collins for honoring his pledge “to fulfill a promise long overdue.”


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CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATES! VALEDICTORIANS NAMED, GRADUATION TIMES LISTED FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 28, 2009 (El Cajon) – On Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, 2009, approximately 5,224 senior students from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be donning caps and gowns for commencement exercises.

Below is the schedule of graduation dates, times, and locations, plus students honored as valedictorians and salutatorians for their academic achievements.

Grossmont High School: Friday, June 5, 2009 10:00 a.m. Grossmont Stadium


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