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What Would You Like to See in Capo Unified's Next Superintendent?

The school district would like to know and has scheduled public forums for you to express your views.

Have ideas about what you want in a superintendent for Capistrano Unified?

With Joseph Farley announcing his retirement in December, the hunt is on for his replacement. Last week, trustees hired a search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd., to aid in the selection process.

But the district has also scheduled two forums to elicit public input.

The forums are scheduled from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, and Tuesday, Feb. 25 at district headquarters, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

In addition, members of the community can provide feedback in an online survey that can be accessed at http://goo.gl/Q0DQvp. The survey will be live through Sunday, March 2, according to a district press release.

“The search firm will present a leadership profile and candidate criteria that is created from the information received from the focus groups, survey and forums,” according to the press release. The trustees will get a report at their March 12 school board meeting.

fact checker March 05, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Standards are more a goal than a measure. Tests are one tool used to measure whether that goal has been reached. Here is how the CCS Mission Statement defines it: _____________________________________________________ "Mission Statement The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 11:22 PM
There is so much everyone can do to do their share besides paying taxes. But I won't back off on the responsibility to pay for education for every child. Everyone needs to do that. Prop 30 was passed by a majority of the voters. So everyone needs to pay a little tiny more. As for pensions, they are a contract signed decades ago. Teachers did their part and paid into the fund and that contract must be honored. That doesn't make anyone greedy. If it makes you feel better to direct your anger towards me feel free. You might actually like me if you knew me. I might like you. It's easier to say things anonymously that you might never say in person. I've certainly done that myself at times.
Capo Parent March 13, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Prop 30 was a band aid; a significant majority of the money is going to schools that already get more, e.g. LAUSD. It seems likely that any additional money CUSD will receive from Prop 30 will be consumed by higher pension contributions. CalSTRS has already publicly stated that it needs $4.5 billion for a number of years in order to reduce its massive under funded problem. CalSTRS has asked the Legislature to approve higher contributions by school districts. Teachers won't have to pay because the current law is written such that teachers get increase benefits if they pay more for their benefits. This means school districts will be holding the bag. If the foregoing comes to pass, then the prediction by many (including me) that Prop. 30 was a front to pay increase contributions to CalSTRS will come true. Before FC unleashes another one of her one sided tirades in favor of all things that benefit teacher remember, several DEMOCRATIC mayors have banded together to put a proposition on the ballot to allow cities and other governmental entities flexibility in dealing with the acute problem of grossly underfunded pensions, not to mention health benefits. The cost of these is estimated by some at well over $1 billion. When Warren Buffet sounds the alarm on these unfunded obligations we should all take heed.
David Petrisevac March 24, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Hey folks,...My offer, as reduced personal finance supplemental workbooks for the graduating class of 2014...a number of posts back, is Now officially 'Off-the-Table'.
Dawn Urbanek March 24, 2014 at 09:21 PM
The real issue is that the Base Grant of $ 6500 per student is not sufficient to fund a basic education for students. CUSD is receiving $6,273 per ADA this year with that projected to increase to just above $8,000 in 2021. That will not be sufficed to cover increases in Step and Column or COLA

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