Friday, January 9, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

Welcome to 2015! As January signals the start of a new year, I am pleased to announce construction program updates. Significant progress continues at campuses throughout the District as part of the Proposition U school bond program.

Weight Room at El Cajon Valley
El Cajon Valley – On December 4, the District celebrated the completion of the new $6.4 million Physical Education/Sports Complex on the campus of El Cajon Valley High School with a ribbon-cutting and building dedication ceremony.

The new 22,780-square-foot facility replaces two outdated, 60-year-old locker buildings that did not meet current seismic safety standards. The new facility is ADA- and Title IX-compliant and features a weight room, comparable team rooms for boys’ and girls’ sports, coaches’ quarters, athletic trainers’ workroom, secure lockers, restrooms, showers, accessible outdoor restrooms for pool and stadium users, and a large general purpose/great room for use with gymnastics, wrestling and large-group assemblies. The last phase of construction will include restoration of the adjacent outdoor multi-purpose physical education courts.

Granite Hills – Work is approximately 31% complete on the new 10,000-square-foot Student Support Building. The new facility will be energy-efficient and feature state-of-the-art technology and will house finance, attendance, registrar, guidance, career center, school nurse and administration. The $4.7 million project provides a new campus entrance with visitor parking and student gathering area for events. Also at Granite Hills, modernization plans for Buildings 30 and 80 have received DSA approval and construction will start upon completion of the Student Support Building.
Rendering for two new buildings at Grossmont
Grossmont– Architectural renderings have been unveiled for two new two-story buildings, totaling 23,840-square feet, to house Student Support Services and arts classrooms. The project involves demolition of several outdated, 60-year-old buildings and extensive regrading of the site to accommodate the new facilities, which will provide a dramatic new entry for the campus. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2015 pending funding approval.
Pool at Helix Charter
Helix Charter – Modernization work is complete on the Physical Education buildings, as well as the pool and pool deck areas at the District’s second oldest campus. The $7.3 million project, funded in part by a grant from the County of San Diego, brings the facilities up to ADA and Title IX compliance, and includes new boys’ and girls’ sports rooms and physical education classrooms, locker rooms, restrooms and showers. The pools have a new plaster lining along with new starting blocks, lighting and scoreboard.
Monte Vista – A $6.3 million project to modernize the 54-year-old Physical Education building is now 98% complete. The Title IX-and ADA-compliant building features new locker and shower facilities, shared meeting room, fully equipped classroom, wrestling area, dance room, coaches’ facilities, trainers’ room with whirlpool tub, enhanced classroom/testing technology, and secure equipment storage areas. Site work continues, with temporary classroom and restrooms to be removed at year’s end.
Santana – Modernization work is 90% complete on three classroom buildings, with a construction cost of $6.3 million. The project includes Building 400 (culinary arts and video production classrooms), Building 500 (weight room/fitness classroom) and Building 700 (two special education suites, 3D/2D art classroom with an outdoor kiln, nurse’s suite, psychologist and speech therapist rooms, and two restrooms). The project also includes a connection for the school’s gym to the campus chiller system.
Valhalla Theater
Valhalla – Modernization plans for the four-story Main Building are currently in DSA review. The project will include approximately 50 classrooms, as well as restrooms and new administrative and guidance counselor offices, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC upgrades, as well as fire/life/safety and technology upgrades. Plans to modernize the theater are also being submitted to DSA. The project will include a 2,000-square-foot stage with wings, sound room and fixed/sloped seating. Work will be completed in conjunction with the modernization of the Main Building, which is planned to begin in Summer 2015.
SAVE THE DATE: District Cheer Competition on 1/24

The 29th Annual Grossmont District Cheer Competition, also known as "Districts," will be held in the West Hills High School gymnasium on Saturday, January 24, at 6:30 pm. There is a $10 entry fee at the door. Children under five are free.

The annual competition will feature teams competing at the restricted and non-restricted, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. "Districts" offers a unique opportunity for the teams to come together to compete and showcase their skills. It encourages school spirit, promotes school morale and crowd sportsmanship, supports interscholastic athletics and demonstrates high standards of leadership.

Superintendent Ralf Swenson