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By Allison Jarrell

Following an impassioned Capistrano Unified School District meeting on May 13—during which distraught parents, students and staff spoke in support of former San Clemente High School Principal Michael Halt—the district’s board of trustees scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss “consideration of the employment/evaluation of performance/nonrenewal of public employee(s).”

At the board’s May 13 meeting, trustee John Alpay requested to agendize an “independent investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding Michael Halt’s personnel matters.” The request came following nearly two hours of public comment in support of Michael Halt, who was removed from his position as principal in March and left the school campus earlier this month. Parents, staff and students are largely still wondering why Halt was let go because state law prevents the district from publicly discussing personnel matters.

On May 13, Alpay requested discussion about an independent investigation take place at an early special meeting, but did not receive a second to support the motion. His request did not appear on the board’s closed session agenda for May 21.

District officials confirmed Wednesday that the May 21 meeting would be closed session only. The board is obligated to report any actions taken during closed session.

No action was taken at the May 21 meeting.

To view the agenda, visit The next regularly-scheduled meeting is May 27 at 7 p.m.

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  • It’s time to go to the next level. Some of the speakers at the meting are lawyers. Would one of them file a complaint with the California Department of education. See for complaint form and Procedure. Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying are grounds for a complaint. We have taken it to the local district and they have stonewalled and lied to us we need them to intercede. If the state won’t help the next step would be U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights. See Finally reach out to all the district’s school PTAS and let them know what will happen to them if we don’t stick together.

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