Re: Bonsall High School to be built in phases despite bond failure [Village News, 12/1/16]

It was no surprise to me that Justin Cunningham, superintendent of Bonsall schools, said in an interview with the Village News after the failure of Proposition DD, that he’s sad that the bond measure did not pass but they’re going ahead with their plans for a new school at Gird Road and Route 76, anyway. “We have the money to get started,” he claimed.

I wager that they’ll soon be back with another Proposition, at their earliest opportunity, to hammer on the taxpayer, and make people feel guilty for not supporting their grandiose plans.

Mr. Cunningham, if you have money to expend on a disingenuous plan, at a site that is completely inappropriate, I suggest that you give it a lot more thought. Traffic would be a living nightmare there twice a day on school days, impacting thousands of people trying to get to, or from, work.

There’s plenty of room to expand the present site at Sullivan school on Lilac Road to accommodate quite a few more high school students and the location is out of the way of commuters on Route 76.

Please consider selling the Gird Road property for housing that would complement the surrounding neighborhood. Use the funds to augment Sullivan. Do this before the developers across Interstate 15, build schools there at their own expense, and siphon what few students Bonsall would need to serve.

Thomas G. Johnson

11 Responses to "Re: Bonsall High School to be built in phases despite bond failure [Village News, 12/1/16]"

  1. Ray (the real one)   December 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Why? Are we educating other nations children.

    • Glad Metzger's gone   December 23, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Especially since we’ve done such a poor job with our own, example Ray C.

  2. Reality check   December 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Because the middle of windy lilac with how many fatalities makes so much more sense than gird at the 76…


  3. Ray (the real one)   December 23, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    GMG: Guess what, he’s moving back just because you want him back.

  4. Dodaah   December 29, 2016 at 8:04 am

    @Mr. Johnson, Please stop talking about Bonsall Homeowners pay taxes, when they clearly do not. Congrats Mr. JOHNSON, YOU AND THE REST OF THE BONSALL TIGHTWADS CAN PAT YOURSELVES ON THE BACK FOR BEING NORTH COUNTY’S STINGIEST school district!!!! Watch your property values soar boasting a Trailer Park High School instead of a nice campus for the poor kids!!! You should all be ashamed of yourselves!!!!

  5. Robert   December 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Thomas G. Johnson,

    I couldn’t agree more. Pay no attention to the whiners/sore losers. They are still in the denial/shock/anger stages of grief. Hopefully, they’ll get to the acceptance stage soon and stop humiliating themselves.

  6. oldtimer   January 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I’m old enough that even my grandchildren are out of school. But I am happy to pay ahead with my taxes to educate the next generation; it’s one of the few things ordinary people can do for the community and ultimately the nation.

    Surely nobody will argue about the need for an educated population. Sorry, Mr. Johnson, but I believe the responsibility falls on all of us as citizens. Your position that school traffic would interfere with commuters on SR76 says volumes.

    • Dusty   January 3, 2017 at 10:29 am

      If we can’t get to work, we can’t earn the money to pay the property taxes that then support the bond measure/schools.

      So, they’re all closely related, being able to have reasonable commutes and schools. The Bonsall school should be placed closer to Bonsall, and ideally not on a 2 lane twisted highway with limited capacity to handle the traffic.

  7. Robert   January 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Wake up Bonsall Community. Over 50 million in new taxes for a high school that doesn’t have the numbers? And–no sports–no vocational center for non-college bound students? Remember–we still need electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. The Yes on DD snobs wanted an elite school–to heck with everyone else who wanted to play sports–and work a trade. So glad it failed. Maybe they’ll go back to the drawing table and really think this thing through.

  8. Bonsall Mom   January 5, 2017 at 10:18 am

    “Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” -Carl Jung

    Good thing encourages independent thinking and offers sports and vocational internships.

    A “snob” apparently

  9. Preston   June 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

    As time goes on, the actual number of build-able acres on the Gird Road sits dwindles with each new study so constructing a full service High School, or even one close to that, seems out of the question on Gird Road. Perhaps now that Cunningham is retiring, Bonsall will hire a Superintendent that has some common sense and they will find a more suitable site.


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