Plans Move Ahead for Alpine HS

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    NBCSanDiego

    Hundreds of upset parents packed the Grossmont Union High School District meeting.

    The board was expected to vote on a new high school in the Alpine and Blossom Valley Area.

    Instead, the board realized it still had to vote on approving the design plan for the school.

    It voted in favor of sending the plan to the state for review. That's expected to take about 16 months.

    Currently, Alpine children attend Granite Hills, Steele Canyon or El Capitan high schools.

    “Now that we have a bond to pay for it, we want the board to deliver its promise," said parent Megan Werland.

    Superintendent Ralf Swenson says a voter- approved bond provided the district with $65 million to build the high school.

    But, he says the district would not have enough money to operate it.

    “There's no one on that board and certainly no one on my staff who says we will never build that school. It’s just the idea of when it’s the right time to build that school,” said superintendent Ralf Swenson.

    “We thought that probably 2013 was just too soon,” said Swenson.

    The superintendent told the Union-Tribune that the district has the funding to build the school but questioned whether it could afford to operate it once it is built.