Grossmont: Alpine high school doesn't make sense

SAN DIEGO - The Grossmont Union High School District will fight an effort by a group that wants to build its own high school.

The Alpine Union School District only covers grades kindergarten through 8th. Students are then forced to attend high schools in the Grossmont area. Bond measures Proposition H and U were meant to build a high school in the East County community but it hasn't happened, even though Alpine is paying.

All Grossmont trustees, except board member Priscilla Schreiber, said building another high school wouldn't make financial sense with enrollment down. The board also questioned whether an Alpine high school could offer a diverse curriculum.

A San Diego County Grand Jury report issued in 2013 criticized the board's promises to build a new school. The district responded to the report claiming it was inaccurate.

The San Diego County Board of Education will hold two public hearings on the issue. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Alpine Elementary. The State Board of Education will ultimately decide whether a school should be built.

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