Proposition U - Fall 2015 Newsletter
El Cajon, (Fall, 2015) -
The bond program's latest Fall 2015 newsletter is available HERE
. For additional questions, please contact the Proposition U team under the Contact page.
Proposition U - Spring 2015 Newsletter
El Cajon, (Spring, 2015) - The bond program's latest Spring 2015 newsletter is available HERE. For additional questions, please contact the Proposition U team under the Contact page.
Proposition U - Fall 2014 Newsletter
El Cajon, (December, 2014) – The bond program has continued its momentum for design and construction at various campuses throughout the District. Please CLICK HERE for the latest news from the Proposition U team.
Contractor Networking and Outreach Event
El Cajon, (April, 2014) – The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) is hosting a Contractor Networking and Outreach Event, designed to bring the District’s assigned Construction Managers together with local general contractors, subcontractors, and small and/or historically underutilized businesses looking for opportunities on the District’s construction bond program.
Thanks to voter-approved Proposition U and other funding sources, our $601 million program is 40% complete.Local firms are sought to help complete the remaining construction and modernization projects for GUHSD high schools, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to expand Career Technical Education, Science programs, and Arts education, along with extensive technology upgrades and safety improvements. The event is free. Firms may register to attend at http://bit.ly/1pGqbrn.
Proposition U - March 2014 Newsletter
El Cajon, (March, 2014) – Welcome to 2014! The bond program has been building momentum for design and construction at various campuses throughout the District. For additional information, please CLICK HERE for the latest news from the Proposition U team.
Award of Honor - New-Built Category (GHHS)
El Cajon, (February 26, 2014) – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that one of its schools, Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., has earned an Award of Honor in the new-built category as part of the 2014 C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Green Design + Planning Awards Program. The award was announced at the 35th Annual C.A.S.H. Conference in Sacramento on Feb. 25.
Proposition U - October 2013 Newsletter
El Cajon, (Nov. 13, 2013) – The Facilities Division is pleased to unveil a new monthly Proposition U Bond Program Update, featuring project news and plans from the Grossmont Union High School District. Additional updates are planned on a monthly basis to keep you apprised of the exciting progress being made district-wide. CLICK HERE for additional information.
GUHSD Bond Financing Program Update
El Cajon, (Sep. 17, 2013) – The Grossmont Union High School District recently held a public bond financing program update with local community members, Governing Board members, Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee Members, and GUHSD staff. The update provided a summary of the Proposition U bond authorization, borrowing constraints, assessed valuation projections, and other information related to prior and projected bond sales. This District is anticipating approval of their next bond sale at the October 10, 2013 Governing Board Meeting for approximately $40M. For additional information, please click the image below.
GUHSD Bond Financing Workshop
El Cajon, (Apr. 25, 2013) – The Grossmont Union High School District recently held a public bond financing workshop with local community members, Governing Board members, Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee Members, and GUHSD staff. The workshop provided a summary of the Proposition U bond authorization, borrowing constraints, assessed valuation projections, and other information related to prior and projected bond sales. This District will continue to review financing options with all stakeholders prior to the next bond sale. For additional information, please click the image below.
GUHSD Announces Spring Construction Program Updates
El Cajon, (Apr. 29, 2013) – The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that significant progress continues to be made on major campus improvement projects throughout the district as part of the Proposition H and U school bond program. For a complete summary of the updates, please click the image below.
Santana High School Student Plaza- Ribbon Cutting
SANTEE, (Jan. 24, 2013) – On Tuesday, January 15, Grossmont Union High School District trustees, school and community officials participated in a ribbon cutting at Santana High School to mark the completion of the newly constructed Student Plaza.
The Plaza, which replaced 16 aged portable classrooms, is 33,000 square feet of open area consisting of concrete seat walls, shade structures, landscape, and various hardscape features. The plaza provides an appealing open air gathering place for students to meet during classroom breaks, ASB functions, and various extracurricular activities. The plaza connects science and technology teaching areas and also provides demonstration space for student work product.
The $827,000 project was funded by Proposition U and constructed by Western Rim Contractors. Recycled materials were incorporated into the concrete and landscaping. The program manager is Gafcon, the Construction Manager is Erickson Hall and HED is the Architect.
We are making incredible strides toward delivering taxpayer-supported and funded facilities all across this District. Thank you for making the modernization of our campuses districtwide possible!
Grossmont High School New Tennis Courts - Ribbon Cutting
EL CAJON, (Oct. 26, 2012) – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new tennis courts at Grossmont High School. The ceremony was attended by school and district officials, including students from the Grossmont High School tennis team.
Grossmont Union High School District Begins Modernization of 90-Year-Old District Office
Project will bring the historic GUHSD offices into Field Act and ADA Compliance
EL CAJON, (Sept. 10, 2012) – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) broke ground on the modernization of its 90-year-old district office building, located at 1100 Murray Drive in El Cajon. The $12.1 million construction project will provide comprehensive utility, environmental and seismic safety renovations to help GUHSD meet current building safety, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Field Act compliance standards. Upon completion in December 2013, the district office will house employees in the special education, business, educational services, and human resources departments as well as the superintendent’s office.
Built in 1922, the 35,000-square-foot building was the first classroom building constructed for Grossmont High School. As the Grossmont High School campus expanded, the building was converted into the GUHSD district office in 1958. Over the years, its distinctive architecture and features have eroded, and the building no longer met code requirements for safety and access. City of El Cajon Councilmember Bob McClellan attended classes in the original building and was present at the groundbreaking to show his support for the project. “I walked these halls for math and speech class, and I am eager to see many of the original features come back to life.”
To honor the historic features of the building, the construction team will refurbish the iconic stone veneer, install replicas of the original-style wood windows and reuse the existing wood floors. All original features will blend with new amenities such as stainless and stone stairs, glass conference rooms, exposed ductwork and coved ceilings.
City of El Cajon Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem, Tony Ambrose, and Councilmember, Bill Wells, joined the GUHSD Board of Trustees to commemorate this event. “I’m proud to see redevelopment funds stay within the City of El Cajon and benefit students in the district and those who support student achievement,” said Bills Wells. “As the City of El Cajon prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary this November, we can take pride in our community and its rich history. Efforts to modernize our community for the next century, including this facility, represent a milestone in that history.”
The majority of the funding for this project is from former redevelopment funds, primarily from the City of El Cajon. The remaining balance of the project funding comes from the district’s capital facilities fund and Propositions H and U. Proposition H and U resources will be used specifically to bring the structure into compliance with ADA standards, including an elevator and wheelchair accessibility.
The project team includes district staff, program manager Gafcon, Inc., general contractor Turner Construction and architect LPA, Inc. The Citizens Bond Oversight Committee website is at http://cboc.guhsd.net.
Granite Hills High School Dedicates New Pool
EL CAJON - Granite Hills High School principal Georgette Torres was so giddy at the dedication of her school’s new swimming pool on Tuesday, she leapt into the shallow end fully clothed. About 120 teen swimmers — clad in blue print bathing suits — followed her splashy lead at the deep end as hundreds of students, community members and dignitaries applauded.
The celebratory vibe — including speeches by county Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent Ralf Swenson, and the cutting of blue and white backstroke flags instead of ribbon — was understandable. Fifteen years in the works, the Olympic-size, 50-meter by 25-yard pool is not only Granite Hills’ first pool, but the first of its kind on an East County high school campus.
“We are here because a community of people believed in this project,” Torres said, pre-dip. “It’s been 51 years since Granite Hills opened and we are standing on the deck of our own pool.”
Sundt Construction completed the $6.2 million, 40,000-square-foot project in 10 months. The complex, designed by Trittipo Architecture & Planning of San Marcos, features several energy-saving amenities including variable speed pumps, LED lights, thermal solar pool blankets, and an energy-efficient heater to minimize operating costs.
In addition to Granite Hills’ swim and dive teams, the complex will serve East County community groups, youth aquatics teams, California Interscholastic Federation water polo and swim teams, and physical education classes.
The aquatics complex was funded by Proposition U, the San Diego County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, and school facilities funds. Future enhancements are anticipated in partnership with Granite Hills’ families, local businesses and the community through the East County Aquatics Foundation.
The Grossmont Union High School District will dedicate two more Olympic-size pools, at Steele Canyon and West Hills high schools, in April.
Source: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/28/granite-hills-high-dedicates-new-pool/ - March, 2012
Helix Charter High School Breaks Ground on Performing Arts Complex
LA MESA - Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Helix Charter High School officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the school’s new performing arts complex on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The 34,000-square-foot complex will feature a 410-seat theatre, a Black Box for theater in the round, dance studio, recital rooms, costume shop and scene shop for performing arts students. The renovations also include new digital music labs and classrooms for band and choir students.
Upon completion, the building’s two-story glass entry will anchor the right side of the future main entrance to the campus. The new administration building and gymnasium foyer will complete the transition of the new campus entry once they are built. The new complex will also be more accessible to all students with new parking and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades. Helix Charter High School also recently received renovations to the interior and exterior of two other classroom buildings on campus. Buildings 400 and 500 were modernized inside and out with 18 new classrooms including culinary arts with eight cooking stations, a special education suite and new technology throughout the buildings.
Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony featured a performance by the Helix Highlander Bagpipers and opening remarks from Rani Goyal, executive director of Helix Charter High School. GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson, Helix Charter High School Board Chairman Brian Kick and GUHSD Governing Board President Rob Shield also gave remarks at the event.
Construction of the performing arts complex is set to complete in May 2013 and is part of the Proposition U bond program passed by East County voters in 2008. The project team for the performing arts complex includes program manager Gafcon, Inc., architect LPA, Inc., general contractor Summit Builders and construction manager Turner Construction.
Source: http://gafcon.com/AboutUs/News%20Releases/HCHS_PAC_GB.pdf - February, 2012