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Capistrano Unified Taps Alameda Educator as New Superintendent

Kirsten Vital will make the move south from Alameda Unified.

Kirsten Vital, new superintendent for Capistrano Unified School District. Photo courtesy of Alameda Unified School District.
Kirsten Vital, new superintendent for Capistrano Unified School District. Photo courtesy of Alameda Unified School District.
After a lengthy process that had the school board ditching one executive search firm for another, the Capistrano Unified School District has found its next superintendent in Kirsten Vital. 

The Board of Trustees is expected to approve Vital's contract at its June 25 meeting, according to a press release from Capo.

Vital comes from the Alameda Unified, where she has headed up the Bay Area school district of just under 10,000 students since 2008. She writes a monthly letter to the community, which has regularly appeared in the Alameda Patch

Before making the jump to Alameda Unified, Vital served at Oakland Unified, Los Angeles and was a 

co-principal at Santa Monica High School.

Capistrano spokesman Stephen Nichols declined to say what Vital's starting salary will be, although it will be available soon online as part of the Wednesday school board packet.

Vital's salary was a bone of contention in the 2012 school board election in Alameda, with the local union there endorsing three candidates critical of her pay, according to Inside Bay Area. Two of them were elected, but an incumbent who voted her then salary of $204,000 was re-elected. 

She replaces Joseph Farley, who announced his retirement in December. His last day is July 1. 

Board President John M. Alpay expressed his confidence in Vital in a press release.

“We wanted to ensure that we had the right person for this very important role during this critical time in our district,” he said. “Because of her demonstrated track record of success, the Board of Trustees is certain that Kirsten Vital is the right leader who will take our District to new heights of student achievement.” 

The trustees have met several times in closed session about Farley's successor. In May, the trustees selected a new search firm after rejecting several candidates, Nichols said.






shelly July 11, 2014 at 03:16 PM
"California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brim with the biggest surplus in more than a decade, setting up a fight with fellow Democrats who want more spending. The 75-year-old Brown, who may seek a fourth term this year, called for an 8.5 percent increase from current spending, with $11 billion to pay off loans that papered-over previous deficits, and $1.6 billion in reserves, while increasing funds for schools, welfare and health care for the poor. Brown also said he’ll back a constitutional amendment to stockpile unpredictable capital-gains taxes and deal with looming shortfalls in public pensions. “This year the news is very good, but by no means are we out of the wilderness yet,” Brown said today at a briefing.“We must be very prudent in how we spend public funds.'” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/brown-proposes-record-california-budget-of-106-8-billion-1-.html
shelly July 11, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Dawn, Is it always someone else's responsibility? Teachers pay taxes too and contribute to the economy. You want teachers to work the restored furlough days for free. Are you willing to donate a few days of your swimming fees to our public schools? Come on, Dawn, do you want to deprive the kids?
Dawn Urbanek July 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM
"California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brim with the biggest surplus in more than a decade" So why is our District being inadequately funded? It is not a lack tax revenue?
shelly July 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Dawn, Why not post the entire quote. Not all of our taxes go to fund education. If you want more money to go to education then really value education and increase the revenue the amount that goes directly to education or establish a local education tax or donate to your local schools directly. 53% of CA tax revenues goes to education. This is a lot of money but still not enough to cover education. We are the state with the most children and the most people. We should be willing and able to fund our schools adequately. You didn't even want prop. 30 to pass when the funding was so much more dire and tax revenues were way down. And the amount our district received was much less. You stated many times that 53% of the CA budget was enough to fund schools even though the dollar amount was less than now. You have not been consistent with your blogging at all. ________________________________________________________ "California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brim with the biggest surplus in more than a decade, setting up a fight with fellow Democrats who want more spending. The 75-year-old Brown, who may seek a fourth term this year, called for an 8.5 percent increase from current spending, with $11 billion to pay off loans that papered-over previous deficits, and $1.6 billion in reserves, while increasing funds for schools, welfare and health care for the poor. Brown also said he’ll back a constitutional amendment to stockpile unpredictable capital-gains taxes and deal with looming shortfalls in public pensions. “This year the news is very good, but by no means are we out of the wilderness yet,” Brown said today at a briefing.“We must be very prudent in how we spend public funds.'” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/brown-proposes-record-california-budget-of-106-8-billion-1-.html
shelly July 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Dawn, You stated, "Shelly I would have teachers work and make less money rather than diprive students of instructional time. The cut in pay is the same and that would be what is in the best interest of students" _______________________________________________________ So you say a cut in a teachers' pay is in the best interest of students but you, Dawn, shouldn't have to donate anything because we have such a huge tax surplus???? Teachers pay taxes too so why should they pay more by way of pay cut? If we have such a surplus why do the teachers need to take a pay cut? Also why if our district needs more money is it the teachers' responsibility to provide this money?? Why in your eyes are teachers depriving students if they do not take a pay cut but parents and community members are not depriving students if they do not contribute more to cover our district? Teachers, parents and community members all pay taxes to contribute to education.

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