HELIX HIGH SCHOOL -- Today's meeting to decide on the fate of the Helix High charter has been delayed.
Efforts by Helix High administrators to seek a negotiated settlement with the Grossmont Union High School District led to an agreement by the district's board to delay a final decision on the charter dispute.
If an agreement can't be reached, the board is expected to act by April 22. The Grossmont district’s board has questioned whether a series of scandals at Helix High involving teachers and administrators raises questions about the safety and security of the Helix High. In a letter to the school community several weeks ago, district Superintendent Robert J. Collins outlined the concerns.
“As a charter authorizer, the GUHSD Board has an oversight responsibility for the safety and well-being of students at all of the charter schools it authorizes,’’ Collins letter says. Collins then went on to outline what he described as slow or incomplete response by the Helix administration to requests for information on a number of incidents at the school.
Helix High was hit by a string of incidents involving sexual misconduct between teachers, staff and students. Four teachers were convicted of sex crimes involving students between December 2006 and September 2008. Most recently, a Helix administrator, Collins’ letter outlines, was investigated and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in an incident in which the administrator facilitated “a 16 year old girl traveling alone on a bus from San Diego to Oregon without guardian or parental permission.’’