EL CAJON, CALIF. – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced that construction has been completed on three classroom buildings at Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley following a major renovation and modernization project to bring the outdated facilities up to modern standards and accommodate the district’s Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways. A ribbon-cutting and building dedication ceremony was held for the new facilities on Thursday, Feb. 18.
Funded by Proposition U, the $7.6 million project involved the renovation and modernization of the 700, 800 and 800A Buildings, totaling nearly 32,000 square feet. Building features included:
700 Building – features an all-new kitchen, which supplies meals for the entire campus, and two classrooms for the school’s music programs
800 Building –includes new computer labs to support the school’s game design CTE pathway, new ASB facility, new student weight room, student restrooms, office space and storage
800A Building – houses the auto and metals CTE programs
The building re-dedication ceremony was attended by Ralf Swenson, GUHSD Superintendent; Randy Montesanto, principal of Monte Vista High School; GUHSD Board Members Jim Kelly, Gary Woods and Jim Stieringer; students and teachers from the automotive and game design programs; and GUHSD business partner Ryan Ogden, owner of ASMAR Auto Care & Ed Hansen Muffler.
In a unique twist on the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, some of Monte Vista’s manufacturing technology students cut through a special metal chain bow they had fabricated for the event with a plasma cutter. Automotive students also demonstrated brake, tire and fluid maintenance operations for event attendees.
The district’s CTE classes utilize higher levels of academic and applied skills in preparing students for college and careers. More information about the CTE pathways may be found at: http://cte.guhsd.net/pathways
Funded by Proposition U, budgeted at $601.7 million, which includes a $417 million bond measure passed by voters in 2008 as well as $184.7 million in expected state funding and interest earnings. The bond will substantially complete the modernization of district schools, and provide classrooms and equipment for Career Technical Education. More information about the bond program is available at http://proph.build-guhsd.com/.
About Grossmont Union High School District
Established in 1920, Grossmont Union High School District encompasses an area of approximately 465 square miles, including all of the cities of El Cajon, Santee and Lemon Grove, most of the city of La Mesa, a small portion of the city of San Diego, and the unincorporated areas of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside and Spring Valley. Over 22,000 students are served by the district’s schools. The district consists of nine comprehensive high schools, two charter schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, four special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and an adult education program. The district employs 1,950 full-time employees, as well as hundreds of hourly employees, making it the largest employer in the East County. More information about Grossmont Union High School District can be found at www.guhsd.net.