Officials of two local school districts reacted with either relief or disappointment this week in the wake of an appeals court ruling that allows Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel to remain open.
"Everyone has been living in a state of ambiguity," said Gary Goodson, San Gabriel school district superintendent. "It's like a dark cloud has been lifted from over us."
But in Alhambra, school officials had a sharply different view.
"It is very disappointing," said Dora Padilla, member of the Alhambra school board, which earlier this year won a court ruling to block the school's opening. "It's surprising to win one case and then lose another because two judges see it differently."
Gabrielino High School has been at the center of a disagreement between the San Gabriel and the Alhambra City and High School districts since a 1992 election created a new district and paved the way for the school's opening. The dispute centered on the fact that only voters in San Gabriel were allowed to cast ballots in that election even though it also affected Alhambra.