EL CAJON, CALIF. – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced the completion of construction on two new buildings on the campus of Grossmont High School in El Cajon. A building dedication ceremony was held for the new Student Support Services and Arts Classrooms Buildings on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The $10.9 million project involved the demolition of several outdated structures, including the original administration building, old auto shop, classroom building 100, student resource center, special education office buildings and other ancillary structures.
A new two-story, 12,200-square-foot Student Support Services building consolidates activities into a single location to enhance student/staff interaction, with a dramatic exterior that serves as the school’s main entry point. The school anticipates the development of a new Events Center to complete the other side of the gateway, which would be made possible with funds from Measure BB, if passed by the voters in November.
Another two-story, 11,640-square-foot Arts Classroom Building was constructed to create new district standard instructional spaces for ceramics, metals, 2-D art, photography and digital arts, as well as a classroom and store for the ASB and a special education classroom.
Extensive site work was completed to provide new accessible pathways, additional parking and a revamped bus drop-off area, site lighting, security cameras and a new ADA restroom building to support the student population during the day and stadium events after hours.
Participating in the building dedication ceremony were Dr. Tim Glover, GUHSD Superintendent; Dan Barnes, principal of Grossmont High School; School Board Trustees Jim Stieringer and Dr. Gary Woods; a representative from the Student Governing Board; GHS’ head school counselor, as well as students and staff from the arts department.
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.