BUSD board to visit Gird Road site, Sullivan MS

The Bonsall Unified School District board will hold what is officially a special meeting Aug. 1 for the purpose of visiting the Gird Road property and Sullivan Middle School.

The BUSD board will convene at 6 p.m. at the Bonsall Community Center and will then travel to the Gird Road property and to Sullivan. The board members all expressed support for the workshop at the district’s July 11 board meeting.

“It’s more of a board workshop than a special meeting,” said BUSD superintendent Justin Cunningham.

Due to the Brown Act, a noticed public meeting is required if a majority of board members are present at the same time and are discussing district business. No action is expected to be taken Aug. 1, but the district business visit will give board members a visual explanation of some of the facilities locations. “It’s pretty much just to make everybody familiar with what it is we’re talking about,” Cunningham said.

In November 2012, the voters of the Fallbrook Union High School District approved changing the K-8 Bonsall Union School District to a K-12 Bonsall Unified School District and removing that area from the Fallbrook Union High School District. The Bonsall Unified School District will initially use Sullivan Middle School for its high school campus; the high school will open with ninth-grade students only for 2014-15 and will expand by a grade a year until it has all four grades for 2017-18.

In 1967, the Fallbrook Union High School District acquired 50 acres off of Gird Road. The plan was to build a second high school in the district once enrollment reached 1,800 students, but the high school district never constructed the second school.

In December 2011, the high school board deemed the Gird Road property to be surplus, or not necessary for the district’s current or future needs. Had the unification vote failed, the high school district would likely have sold the property. Under the state’s Education Code, however, a school district reorganization automatically transfers real property to the location’s new district. The Gird Road property is thus available to the Bonsall Unified School District for a potential future school.

“We’ve been talking about it so much, and some of them have never been on the property,” Cunningham said.

The BUSD board’s May 9 meeting included conceptual approval of a facilities plan which will cover both the new high school and the future growth of the middle school due to additional population in the district. District staff estimated that between 50 and 100 ninth-graders will enroll at the high school during its first year. The current proposal is to utilize the seven classrooms on the eastern end of the Sullivan campus for ninth-grade students in 2014-15 while locating the sixth-grade students currently in those classrooms to five classrooms at the western end of the school.

The Aug. 1 workshop will include a visit to those classroom areas. “We can get everyone sort of a visual for how we plan to prepare that for the ninth-graders in 2014,” Cunningham said.

The BUSD board’s June 13 meeting included discussion on facilities modification for Sullivan, as did the board’s July 11 meeting. The board did not express a desire to take any action prior to the Aug. 1 site visit, although the facility modification item is expected to be on the board’s Aug. 8 agenda.

7 Responses to "BUSD board to visit Gird Road site, Sullivan MS"

  1. Peggy O   July 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Bonsall homeowners – get ready – here come the bonds/new taxes! The folks pushing for the unification got it passed by telling everyone that unification would not "cost anything". Well, here we go. We were duped. A new high school will need to be built…why else would the Board be looking at the Gird Road property? But, be ready for a fight from the homeowners who live on and around Gird Road – a high school there would dramatically impact their neighborhood traffic…and it’s not a viable place to build a high school. That’s why the Fallbrook district never built on it. This unification was a lose-lose deal for everyone except the parents who didn’t want their darlings to be exposed to "big bad Fallbrook melting pot" and got their "exclusive" preppie school – at the future expense of the Bonsall taxpayers and the detriment of the students at Fallbrook whose education opportunities/resources will suffer due to resources being transferred over to Bonsall.

  2. Jay N   July 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    We who live in the so called Gird Valley, (Live Oak Creek) area will gird our loins against a High School being built at the location mentioned.

    Sell this site and put it in Bonsall.

    The purpose of living in this area is for the tranquility. That tranquility will be guarded by those that covet same. Bad location for a school.

    Be prepared for a fight.

  3. Jon Niles   July 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    The Gird Road property is not conducive to building a comprehensive high school on it. The Bonsall board should figure it just got a nice piece of property from the unification outfall and might – just MIGHT – be able to sell it to a developer for residential homes. The property is NOT a viable place to put a high school. The increased traffic from school busses, student drivers, parents dropping off and picking up students – this will not sit well with the homeowners in that area. As Jay N said – be prepared for a fight.

  4. David T.   July 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

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  5. long time resident   July 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Those of us in town have had to put up with school traffic and all the mess that comes with it for years. Why should the people living in Gird valley be any different than us? Life is what happens while you were making other plans. Get over it, suck it up. It is called progress. The residents of Morro Hills fought progress for years too. I don’t blame you, but if I were you I would prepare myself for a school being built in my back yard.

  6. Wally   July 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Just another brick in the wall of Cunningham’s Kingdom! The man’s ambition has no boundaries and the Bonsall citizens are about to be on the receiving end of a very large property tax increase.

  7. DR DR   August 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I have lived here 26 yrs., kids went to Bonsall, I, a volunteer. A High School has always been on the agenda for that long!! I only voted against it because Fallbrook is a Division I school, and I had athletic kids, the only reason.

    This has been on the ballot year after year and Bonsall West was a good additive, why wouldn’t the High School?? Good information tells us that it will be a high tech school anyway…also less and less "time" will be spent at school because of on-line classes. That land has been designated to the High School for all these years, it’s nothing new….

    You guys didn’t vote against the Bonsall Monk School on Camino del Rey, when that monstrosity gets built….ugh.


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