Friday, August 26, 2016


Quality school facilities and technology are part of our equation for equipping students for college and careers. Following a thorough due diligence assessment and planning effort, the Grossmont Union High School District Governing Board took action on August 4, 2016, to place Measure BB, a local school bond, on the November 2016 Presidential General Election ballot. 

Passing local school bonds is the most common way California communities upgrade their local schools. Over the past year, GUHSD has performed an extensive facility needs assessment (an update to our 2009 Facilities Master Plan) identifying the most critical facilities needs to protect the quality of education in East County high schools.   

Our District maintenance and operations staff work hard to keep GUHSD schools safe, clean and in working condition. With 12 high school campuses in constant use by over 21,850 students and over 3,000 staff, our facility needs far exceed the standard funding allotment we receive from the State for school facilities maintenance. An ongoing investment in local school facilities is critical to give our students the same opportunities as others to compete for college and 21st century careers. 

Click here for more Grossmont Union High School District School Bond Information. Following is a quick summary.

Measure BB will:
•Repair aging roofs, deteriorated plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical systems

•Renovate career-training facilities for science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades

•Upgrade classrooms and technology to meet rising college/university admission requirements

•Rehabilitate or replace aging student support facilities (e.g., labs, libraries, restrooms, etc.)

•Improve campus safety, security and access for disabled students

Measure BB Facts:
•By law, ALL Measure BB funds STAY LOCAL dedicated to East County (GUHSD) schools ONLY. 
•The State CANNOT take Measure BB funding away. 

•Measure BB is for school technology infrastructure, classrooms, facilities and equipment ONLY. 

•NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions. 

•Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits will ensure proper spending.

•Passage of Measure BB will qualify GUHSD for up to $50 million in State matching funds.

For a summary of the accomplishments that are transforming our East County High Schools, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming District Events . . . 

International Newcomer Center Parent Forum on Sept. 24

The District's English Learner Programs is proud to present our first International Newcomer Center Parent Forum on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at El Cajon Valley High School. This parent training will provide parents with the tools to access their children's grades, attendance, and transcripts on Infinite Campus.

Parents will also have opportunities to increase their understanding of the high school system and English Learner Programs. The goal of the Parent Forum is to empower parents to be an integral part of their children's success. This informative session is intended for all parents, but is especially useful for parents of English Learners. Interpreters will be available in Spanish and Arabic. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

El Cajon Valley High School is located at 1035 E. Madison Avenue in El Cajon.

GOT PLANS? Career & College Fair on Oct. 8

The East County Education Alliance is hosting the thirteenth annual Got Plans? Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Cuyamaca College at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

The annual event awakens students to the many opportunities available to them after high school, both locally and across the country. Once they make contact with college and career representatives at Got Plans?, students begin to think more seriously about their options after high school.

At the event, students and parents will be able to interact with admissions representatives from public and private universities, community colleges, vocational schools, and the military.

Free workshops will be presented on topics including financial aid and career opportunities. Additional information will be available regarding NCAA eligibility for student-athletes, updates and changes to the SAT and ACT tests, transfer options and more. 

On a personal note, the Got Plans? College & Career Fair is the exact event where my son and I started his research on college attendance. This week he begins his senior year in college and I have Got Plans? to thank for planting the seeds of "college going" information with him. 

More information will follow in the coming weeks. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. 

We hope to see you there! 

Dr. Tim Glover