Passionate pleas as Alpine residents seek 'divorce' from Grossmont Unified School District

EL CAJON, Calif. - Frustrated parents who want to separate from Grossmont Union High School District pleaded their case in colorful ways before the San Diego County Board of Education on Wednesday evening.

Residents say they paid millions in taxes for a new high school and got nothing in return.

They are all part of the same district for now, but the internal split has already occurred. Each side offered up a blunt education about high school, the one Alpine residents are furious they never received.  

"Good faith my (expletive)," said one man to board.

Alpine does not have its own high school. Parents claim they were misled into voting for bond measures worth hundreds of millions of dollars for a new school.

Grossmont officials argued a history lesson. Those bonds were approved with a trigger: the district having a certain number of students. There is a reason a new high school never materialized.

"Grossmont has lost over 2,000 students since 2009. You don't build a school when you've lost one. Two thousand students is a high school," said Grossmont Union High School District Board President Robert Shield. 

It is this point made by Grossmont officials that agitated many – that a newly formed Alpine Unified School District will isolate an already segregated white population, making them less diverse.

"Alpine is not a white segregated population," said one Alpine separation supporter.

Grossmont's school board president told 10News it is not about race, it is about money.

If Grossmont cannot afford a high school, how could Alpine?

"The major factor is funding. They're not that big of a district," said Shield.

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