Education

SDG&E WORKERS FIND HUMAN REMAINS AT ALPINE HS SITE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2015 (Alpine) – Homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of human remains in Alpine, the Sheriff’s department reports. According to Lieutenant John Maryon, it appears the remains have been there for quite some time.

DAVIS INTRODUCES CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT BILL

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2015 (Washington D.C.)– Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation in the House to establish an independent advocate on campus for sexual assault survivors. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Senate bill last week.

JUDGE RULES FOR SD UNIFIED IN SUIT AGAINST ALPINE DISTICT OVER ENDEAVOR ACADEMY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2015 (Alpine) – Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Gunther has ruled in favor of the San Diego Unified School District in a lawsuit filed against the Alpine Union School District over the Endeavor Academy (also known as the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences, Inc.). View the judge’s order here.

TIERRA DEL SOL MIDDLE SCHOOL HOSTS 2015 S.T.E.P. PROGRAM

 

By Spurgeon Thomas, photographer and blogger, http://urbanitylife.com

March 16, 2015 (Tierra del Sol)--Tierra Del Sol (TDS) Middle School hosted hundreds of 4th and 5th graders from neighboring Lakeside Union elementary schools in their third annual Student Teachers Educating Peers (S.T.E.P.) program on Saturday, March 7th.

SPRING BREAK ART CAMP ON MT. HELIX

 

March 17, 2016 (Mt. Helix)-- Following a successful fall run, Art Smarts and Mt. Helix Park are partnering up again this spring to bring a one-of-a-kind kids’ art camp to East County. From March 30 through April 3, Art Smarts, which hosts after-school art programs throughout San Diego, will be offering Art In The Park - at Mt. Helix Park for kids ages 5 to 12.

VFW DONATES SOUND SYSTEM FOR DEHESA SCHOOL



 

East County News Service



March 16, 2015 (Dehesa) -- The Dehesa School now has a brand new sound system, thanks to a donation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9578 in Alpine. The donation enabled the school to purchase a new mixer, two speakers with stands, cables and three wireless microphones.

ARREST MADE AFTER "BURNBOOK" THREAT AGAINST EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH

 

Grossmont district blocks access to Burn Book app following latest incident

March 11, 2015 (El Cajon ) – An anonymous message sent on the popular phone app “BurnBook” at 12:40 a.m. threatened the safety of students and staff at El Cajon Valley High School, El Cajon Police reports.

PRESIDENT ISSUES STUDENT AID BILL OF RIGHTS

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the Student Aid Bill of Rights, a presidential memorandum aimed at making it easier for graduates to pay off student loans.

TEACHERS CAN REQUEST FREE RADIOS FOR DISASTER KITS

 

Source: County News Service

March 10, 2015 (San Diego)--Elementary school students learning about the science of natural disasters are also learning how to stay safe and be prepared. A $15,000 donation from AT&T will go toward buying a hand crank-powered radio for each participating classroom to add to its emergency kit.

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER GUN FOUND IN LOCKER AT MONTE VISTA HIGH

 

Threats prompted lockdowns at multiple schools

East County News Service

March 6, 2015 (Spring Valley)—A 14-year-old Monte Vista High School student has been arrested after a gun was found in his locker, the Sheriff reports.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE PROFESSOR WINS STATEWIDE CIVIC EDUCATION AWARD

 

March 4, 2015 (El Cajon)-College economics professor Anthony “Tony” Zambelli  has won the Roy L. Erickson Civic Education Award from the California Council for the Social Studies, an annual honor given to educators, community leaders or legislators for promoting civic education in California schools. Zambelli will receive the award March 7 in Oakland at the council’s annual conference.

JUDGE DENIES GUHSD REQUEST FOR STAY OF INJUNCTION

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2015 (Alpine) – A panel of three appellate court justices have denied a request by the Grossmont Union High School District, which had asked the justices to issue a stay halting an injunction ordered by Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE PRESIDENT MARK ZACOVIC TO RETIRE

 

March 1, 2015 (El Cajon )--After a career spanning three decades in the California community college system, Cuyamaca College President Mark J. Zacovic has announced his retirement, effective June 30. Zacovic has served as president of Cuyamaca College, with about 9,000 students in Rancho San Diego, since July 2011. He led the college through some of the toughest budgetary challenges in the institution’s 37-year history, ensuring that students continued to receive a quality education while dealing with dramatic spending cuts from Sacramento.

CA COLLEGE ADJUNCT PROFESSORS PLAN WALKOUT

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

February 25, 2015 (San Diego)--Part-time college instructors across the state are uniting for better pay and greater job security. The rallies held on this first National Adjunct Walkout Day are designed to bring attention to the growing number of temporary, part-time instructors, often called adjuncts.

UC POSTPONES TUITION HIKES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that UC will postpone a planned 5 percent tuition hike from the summer quarter until fall.  The decision comes after Governor Jerry Brown proposed an extra $119 million for UC funding in 2016, still $100 short of what regents have said is needed to cancel the rate hikes of 5 percent a year for the next five years that are set to kick in this year.

GUHSD BOARD VOTES TO APPEAL ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL RULING; LEGAL BILLS COULD COST TAXPAYERS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS

By Paul Kruze

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--In a 3-2 vote which was preceded by rancorous accusations, sniping, sharp retorts and loud outbursts between board member Priscilla Schreiber and board chairman Robert Shield, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) approved a measure to appeal an court injunction forcing it to set aside $42 million towards building a disputed high school in Alpine at its regularly scheduled February 11th meeting. Schreiber and board member Jim Stieringer voted against the resolution.

Several times during the meeting, Schreiber expressed concern that the board had voted twice to set money aside for the project and that it was acting in “bad faith." Stieringer said he opposed an appeal because the decision to set aside $42 million for the high school “is well reasoned.”

SANTEE VISIONS: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS' ART SHOW FEB. 20

 

February 19, 2015 (Santee)--The West Hills and Santana High School Art Departments will present a student art show entitled “Santee Visions”, an art show reflecting the community of Santee in the eyes of students from West Hills and Santana High Schools.

SHOULD CRIMINAL CHARGES BE FILED AGAINST THE GUHSD?

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

East County Magazine

February 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --The scandal over Grossmont Union High School District’s misuse of bond funds has now made national news. Recently a Superior Court Judge issued an injunction requiring the district to set aside money from a portion of bonds and state funds to build the long-promised Alpine High School, after a Grand Jury previously found that the District spent money from voter-approved bond measures on unauthorized projects, while failing to build the promised Alpine High School.

Now a Forbes magazine article titled Regulators Way to Easy on Muni Bond Investors  is calling the District’s actions a “classic bait and switch scheme.” Author Marilyn Cohen, one of the nation’s top bond managers,  asks, “Why aren’t the people involved sent to jail?”

SOME EAST COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE HIGH RATES OF UNVACCINATED CHILDREN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery; Kristin Kjaero contributed to this report

February 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The current measles epidemic  has focused attention on concerns over parents who decline to vaccinate their children.  In East County and San Diego’s inland region (East of I-15) the rate of unvaccinated children in local kindergartens is as high as 90% (at Holy Trinity, a private school in El Cajon)  down to just 1% unvaccinated at Mt. Vernon Elementary in Lemon Grove.

Countywide, the rate of kindergartners who are unvaccinated or not current on vaccine boosters  is 7.6%.

JUDGE DENIES GROSSMONT DISTRICT REQUEST TO HALT INJUNCTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 31, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman this week denied a request by the Grossmont Union High School District, which sought a stay to halt a preliminary injunction issued to protect bond funds for construction of an Alpine high school.

CUYAMACA, GROSSMONT COLLEGES BEGIN SPRING SEMESTER IN UPBEAT MODE

 

January 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Spring semester begins Monday for more than 27,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges amid a sense of progress as the campuses benefit from a recovering economy and a state and national focus on the value of community colleges.

JUDGE RULES IN ALPINE’S FAVOR ON HIGH SCHOOL FUNDING

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 23, 2015 (Alpine) – The Grossmont Union High School District must set aside $14 million in bond money immediately and another $28 million by January 2016 to fund building a high school in Alpine. Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman issued the ruling Thursday, granting an injunction sought by Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability.

Priscilla Schreiber, the only member of the Grossmont Board who has consistently supported building the high school in Alpine, told East County Magazine, “I’m thrilled.” 

But a statement from the district claims that other schools in the district will not get needed improvements due to the court’s decision.  The district indicates it will be back in court January 28 filing for a stay in hopes of halting the injunction.

2 SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHOSEN FOR 1ST EVER OFFERING OF 4-YEAR DEGREES

 

January 21, 2015 (San Diego)--Community colleges will enter a whole new world as 15 of them begin offering four-year degree programs under legislation authored by Senator Marty Block (D-39).

TENTATIVE VICTORY FOR ALPINE IN LAWSUIT OVER FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2015 (Alpine)—Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman has submitted a preliminary ruling ordering the Grossmont Union High School District to set aside bond funds for construction of a new high school in Alpine. 

The judge sent his ruling to attorneys for the district and to Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability, which sought the injunction to protect taxpayer money approved for the high school.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONSIDER BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 20, 2015 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board meets this evening at 7:00 p.m., and will consider candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board resulting from former Board Member Bill Baber’s election to La Mesa City Council.

Each Board member will select two candidates tonight, that will go on to a final interview on January 27. Applications for each candidate  can be viewed online here: Jerry AndersonStephen BabbittJohn Greenwell John HiltonRebecca Pollack-RudeJay Steiger.

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FBI WARNS OF FICTITIOUS 'WORK-FROM-HOME' SCAM TARGETING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS-AND INVOLVING STUDENTS IN CRIMES

 

January 15, 2015 (San Diego)—The FBI has issued a warning that college students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams that can involve students in criminal activities. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer part of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student receives and is directed elsewhere have been stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges.

2 SCHOOLS TO BE SOLD, INCLUDING SITE OF INFAMOUS SHOOTING

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego Unified School District’s Board has voted to sell the former Cleveland Elementary School campus site in San Carlos where student Brenda Spencer shot and killed the principal and custodian back in 1979, also injuring eight more including a police officer in America’s first school shooting. At the time she reportedly stated she committed the shootings because "I  just did it for the fun of it. I don't like Mondays," according to the San Diego Police Museum account of Spencer and her crimes  Spencer later said she committed the crimes because she wanted to die, the Daily Beast reported years later.  She remains in prison and won’t be eligible for a parole hearing until 2019.

LOCAL STUDENT ACHIEVES TOP ACT SCORE

 

January 10, 2015 (La Mesa)--Spencer McCall, a senior at Helix Charter High School and son of Drs. Michael and Madhavi McCall of La Mesa, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

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