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.

Dawn Urbanek March 05, 2014 at 01:12 PM
That is a 28% reduction in the districts budgt
shelly March 05, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Dawn, The teachers still have cuts this year. There are furlough days. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ There were hundreds of positions cut from the district. It is a people run endeavor. You stated on an earlier comment that it was 92% for employees and only 8% for students. Why do we hire employees to work in the district. Are you saying they are not for the kids. When money is tight what exactly should the district cut. What should the district prioritize. Teaching is a paid position, Dawn. They are not volunteers and they are there for the students. Teachers, librarians, assistant principals, principals, speech therapists, attendance clerks, office managers, maintenance workers, custodians, etc. are 92% of the budget. And you say they are not working for our kids. 8% what does that cover. Books, paper, computers, lights, heat, etc. All of those are for students, too. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ You blog and comment and cite your own blog as your proof. You pick and choose your stats to try to prove your point. But you blog against teachers, students, PTAs and parents. You don't want to help then don't. But many of us do and have been. Be involved or don't. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Thank you to everyone who pays taxes. It is the law. And some of it goes to education. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It is a 28% reduction because the money we received was 28% less. No one received more, Dawn. We all received less. But some choice to pay their taxes and step up and do what they could to help with 28% money coming to our district. Many pulled together because in a crisis that is what communities do. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Thanks to all of the parent volunteers and the teachers who did extra jobs and extra work and the community members and parents and families who have contributed to our schools to give us some local funding and local control of that funding. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The economy tanked and there was 28% less money coming to our district. And as a community many people stepped up. And some did not.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Dawn, you counter with more data because you have no response when I debunk your claims. We have said goodbye to your misleading posts about those raises (and increases benefits they received) because your own links and posted PDFs proved you wrong. Can we now say goodbye to your claim that TK costs are not balanced by ADA revenue? Because they are.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 03:53 PM
I could pull a Sunshine and post multiple links to private sector benefits websites. I think Fluor and Chase prove my point. They were the first two ( and only two) I googled because I know people who work there. Feel free to post a few of those private sector corporations that price yours.
Sunshine March 05, 2014 at 04:15 PM
My posts were from links from reliable sources and presented facts not opinions. You must not have read them.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Prove yours....
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 04:49 PM
No Sunshine I didn't and told you why. A link posted without reference isn't very enticing. Over 10 of them is too daunting to attempt...and lazy on your part.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 05:45 PM
My mistake...I should have pointed out that your posts were NOT links. They were unsourced quotes. Who knows who said them. They were not facts. They were opinions. And I have no idea whether or not they were reliable since you did not source them.
shelly March 05, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Sunshine, Have you actually read the standards yourself or just articles about the standards?
shelly March 05, 2014 at 06:37 PM
bbq, And you did not specify just fact checker but implied teachers are greedy. And why is fact checker greedy? I do not know fact checker. But if she is a retired teacher who worked for 25, 30 40 years teaching generations of children and she paid into her pension and not social security and we agreed to pay her a pension then why is she greedy for expecting to receive her pension? She earned it. Right? Why are retired teachers suddenly the bad guys here? Working a lifetime as a teacher you do not receive huge salaries or bonuses or stock options. But you do incredible something incredibly valuable for our society. If people can read this they should probably thank a teacher for the ability to do so.
Donna Fleming March 05, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Shelly.... you just do not get it. If the common core material is garbage, the test offered the students will require that the student passes the garbarge. So they test in the 90 percentile of garbage. Have you read any part of the text being offered for K-12? You have to actually read the text to see what your child will be expected to test to. And, please do not send back 250 lines of texct. Just use a short sentence. No one reads your rants. Half as long.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 06:50 PM
BBQ is operating under the assumption that it is still acceptable to teacher bash. That is no longer the case. She thinks that by insulting someone she may discourage them from posting or encourage others to disregard their posts. She also gleans her information about people and issues from posts on poorly written and badly researched blogs. Classic bullying techniques. And they don't work with adults.
shelly March 05, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Donna Fleming, Have you actually read the standards? Do you know that what these standards are encouraging is more in depth learning and not just regurgitating memorized facts. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I have a son in 7th grade, one in 9th grade and one in 12th grade right now so I know the texts they are reading. In addition to the novels they read (and they are the same novels they read before the curriculum change) they are also reading essays and writing critical papers on these. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I totally understand that if I say it is day you will argue it is night. And if you do not want to read what I write then don't. No one is forcing you. Common Core is not perfect and will probably be tweaked and changed all together but it is a change in the right direction. Under NCLB our children were not encouraged to critically or creatively think. I do not think that was a good thing.
shelly March 05, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Donna Fleming, And NCLB had nothing to do with advancing children to upper grades.
shelly March 05, 2014 at 07:16 PM
I hope CUSD hires someone who will look our for the needs of our children and not hire someone who has a political agenda.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Donna do you understand the difference between a text book and a standard? (I kept it short just for you).
Dawn Urbanek March 05, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Shelly why are you so willing to allow students to have less of an education then they deserve? How can you, who are in the classrooms everyday not care about the overcrowding , the lack of building maintenance and the diminishing programs and adult supervision on our campuses. As we just saw with the passage of prop 30 paying more in taxes does not translate to more for students.
fact checker March 05, 2014 at 08:27 PM
As we just saw with prop 30 it delivered just what it promised...no draconian cuts for this year and last. And now new funding formulas are providing more revenue for CUSD. How can you ignore these facts and continue to undermine a very fine school district with multiple false accusations against district officials, calling for investigations that will further deplete funds?
shelly March 05, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Dawn, You know that prop. 30 never promised to give more but to save more drastic cuts. It was in all the literature. But we did have less furlough days as a result. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dawn, why are you so willing to allow students to have less of an education then they deserve? You do nothing but blog while others volunteer and contribute. And the people who teach our children, make sure they are safe, clean the schools etc. are all part of the 92% you keep insisting are not being paid to work for the children.
Donna Fleming March 05, 2014 at 09:03 PM
FC. Yes, a standard measures students level and advancement. A text is the tool used by studens and teachers to gather information necessary to measure each students intellect from year to year. Texts are a tool. Standards are a measure.
bbq March 05, 2014 at 09:05 PM
"fact checker March 05, 2014 at 06:50 PM BBQ is operating under the assumption that it is still acceptable to teacher bash. That is no longer the case." ************* Silly, silly "fact" checker. LOL :)
bbq March 05, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Shelly, I was addressing "fact" checker and her insatiable desire for more taxation. This applies to you, too. I never said all teachers were greedy. You like to put words into other peoples mouths _________________________________________ "Greedy | Define Greedy at Dictionary.com dictionary.reference.com/browse/greedy‎ excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company. 2. having a strong or great desire for food or drink." _______________________________________________ "www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greedy‎ having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) : having greed. : very eager to have something. greed·i·ergreed·i·est ..."
shelly March 05, 2014 at 10:24 PM
bbq, "And yet you demand more and more and more from the parents and others. Everyone IS and HAS been doing their share and to say that we are not is despicable! bbq March 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm And yes, I'll say it - GREEDY!!! " ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ No one is demanding more and more and more from anyone. Everyone has taken less. Teachers took a pay cut for 5 years and their work load increased more and more and more. And the teachers who retired earned their pensions. We made a deal with them, and they fulfilled their side of it, bbq. They did their share, and they paid taxes. As I stated before they taught generations of our kids for 25, 30, 40 plus years and did not make huge salaries or bonuses or stock options. They worked for a salary and benefits which were negotiated. It was not their fault that the economy tanked. And yet you call them greedy.
shelly March 05, 2014 at 10:26 PM
"why are you so willing to allow students to have less of an education then they deserve?" I would ask all of us this question.
bbq March 05, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Shelly, Again, there is nothing in that comment I wrote that says that I called all teachers greedy. That comment was directed at "fact" checker as part of our "discussion" at the time, which was "fact" checker demanding that "we" pay our share. Get it????
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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