Superintendent Kirsten Vital talks with staff during a short recess following the CUSD board’s vote to postpone discussion regarding authorizing an independent investigation into the "facts and circumstances surrounding Michael Halt's personnel matter" to the board's June 4 open session. Photo: Allison Jarrell
Superintendent Kirsten Vital talks with staff during a short recess following the CUSD board’s vote to postpone discussion regarding authorizing an independent investigation into the “facts and circumstances surrounding Michael Halt’s personnel matter” to the board’s June 4 open session. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Allison Jarrell

On Wednesday night, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to defer discussion regarding authorizing an independent investigation into the “facts and circumstances surrounding Michael Halt’s personnel matter” to a June 4 open session meeting. The decision to delay item 10A on the agenda drew the ire of dozens of San Clemente students, parents and staff who were in attendance to support the discussion and speak on the topic.

After the trustees came out of a four-hour closed session on May 21, they voted unanimously to continue that discussion at a special June 4 closed session meeting, beginning at 4:30 p.m. At last night’s regularly scheduled CUSD meeting, trustees voted 6-1 to delay the agendized open discussion surrounding Halt’s dismissal to an open meeting following the June 4 closed session.

Trustee John Alpay was the lone dissenting vote. While it was his initial request to defer the item to June 4, Alpay also asked the board to let those in attendance speak on the item last night, regardless of the postponement. Following the vote, audience members voiced opposition with recall chants and questions about the board’s motives for delaying the item.

While the board approved the Halt discussion to take place at the June 4 open session, an official agenda does not have to be posted until 24 hours prior to the special meeting under the Brown Act. To view meeting schedules and agendas, visit. www.capousd.org.

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