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Construction begins on Grossmont High School's $26 million event center

Posted at 12:05 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 15:19:04-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A $26 million event center is coming soon to Grossmont High School in El Cajon.

Once complete, the project will include a full performing arts center with an auditorium that seats 475 people, a black box theater, dance studio, choir room, and more.

Grossmont High sophomore Trinity Buck is one of many theater students thrilled to be able to use the new center next year, after performing in a smaller theater.

“I’m really excited to have a bigger space to perform and be able to have more audience members in the audience because I know sometimes, we have to send people away because there’s not enough room in our space,” Buck said.

There’s also a “facility use agreement” process where people from the community can sign up to rent the center for other events.

The new center is one of the largest projects on the Grossmont Union High School District’s construction bond program. Funding comes from voter approved bonds, Proposition U and Measure BB.

Since 2004, Proposition H, Proposition U and Measure BB have given the district more than $800 million for school construction and renovation projects.

Mount Miguel High, Santana High, Granite Hills High, and Valhalla High are some of the schools that have either received new buildings or renovations over the last year.

“I just can’t thank the voters enough for what they’ve done,” said GUHSD Superintendent Dr. Tim Glove. “They could have put their tax dollars anywhere and they chose to invest in their schools, their students and their families.”

The Grossmont High project is expected to be finished in fall 2020.