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CUSD LOGOBy Eric Heinz and Allison Jarrell

On April 25, Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital hosted a forum at San Clemente High School that identified potential funding sources to meet the estimated $800 million in facility maintenance costs required in the district.

Some of the future funding opportunities discussed include seeking Community Funded Districts and a district-wide School Facilities Improvement District, which both implement property taxes for facility funding.

The options presented Monday night were the result of a community committee consensus report, which was initially presented to CUSD in December following four meetings where committee members discussed district facilities, school funding and public information research.

At the April 27 CUSD Board of Trustees meeting, Vital summarized the findings discussed during the Monday forum, specifically focusing on the committee’s recommendation that the district “pursue all possible funding options, including studying the feasibility of a general obligation bond.”

“Late this week and early next week, we’ll be conducting a second poll … to measure the community’s possible commitment to any kind of assessment,” Vital said.

Vital added that marketing efforts regarding the district’s funding options for facilities will continue throughout the month of May, and residents have likely already received brochures from the district in the mail.

“A special board workshop is being planned for May 18, for us to look at the poll results and our options moving forward,” Vital said Wednesday night. “I expect that the board will be examining this throughout … May and then finally in June.”

More information on the community committee’s recommendations for facilities upgrades and funding can be found at

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