CUSD Candidates to Face Off in Debate

Patch is the sponsor. You are cordially invited to attend.

You are cordially invited to a debate for the candidates vying for four seats on the Capistrano Unified School District school board.

Patch is sponsoring the debate, which will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion in San Juan Capistrano.

Although the candidates are running for individual geographic territories known as trustee areas, the debate will cover all four races. The voters impacted are:

  • Trustee Area No. 1: Dana Point, Capistrano Beach and parts of San Juan Capistrano
  • Trustee Area No. 2: Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza and parts of San Juan Capistrano
  • Trustee Area No. 3: San Clemente
  • Trustee Area No. 5: Aliso Viejo

This will be an authentic debate, not just a candidate’s forum. The candidates will not know the questions in advance. Candidates may have up to two minutes to answer the questions, and others may have a one-minute rebuttal.

Patch Local Editor Penny Arévalo will moderate the debate.

fact checker October 26, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Proud Mom, Sorry, but no comments I've made have contained any cheers for anyone, with the exception of Shelly for her respectful comments. I try to correct misleading statements and ask pertinent questions. I try to do it respectfully. Oh wait, I also cheer for the exceptional teachers and staff of CUSD and the parents who support them in the education of their students.
Penny Arévalo October 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
FC, I don't understand your question about learning the answers at board meetings. We have two candidates (McCormick and Hanacek) who are not on the board. How would anyone learn of their independent thoughts and planned contributions in a challenging setting? Because life is a challenging setting. Isn't that why we have presidential debates?
Capo mom October 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
In a great block show of solidarity, the CUCF candidates, Alpay, McCormack and Pritchard are avoiding the tough questions on real issues. They chose to try to raise money instead. From the count of non dues-paying community members in attendance, they didn't do very well. But don't worry, they have CUEA and its $$$ behind them. So we know where they are on the issues. If you want to know where Alpay, McCormack and Pritchard put the priorities of anyone other than CUEA, you'll have to look under a bus.
fact checker October 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
You can certainly learn the answers from the current board members. There have been several community forums available to anyone with questions for McCormick and Hanacek. Have the candidates who attended your debate made themselves available to community members for informal question and answer sessions? Can you provide a list of the questions asked at your debate and the answers of each candidate? Why does a setting have to be challenging? Why not simply ask questions intended to inform rather than challenge? Life is challenging but not in the same way as a debate setting. Who cares whether someone sweats when they are seeking a solution to difficult situations? Who cares (and how can you define) who looks presidential? I would rather read the questions and answers. Presidential debates have become less informative as the years have gone by. Pundits follow up each one with their own take. You followed up your debate with one of the shortest articles written about CUSD in a while. Little information was offered.
College Planner October 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I went to the Patch sponsored forum, and found it very good. I have also been to board meetings, which are not nearly as informative...although you do get to see where lines are drawn. Thank you Penny for your excellent event, and I too am saddened at the apathy of most parents, the lack of REAL communication by the district, and the losers in the end are the tax payers/community/kids.


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