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By Brian Park

Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joseph Farley. Courtesy of the CUSD
Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joseph Farley. Courtesy of the CUSD

The Capistrano Unified School District is asking for the community’s input in their search for the next superintendent.

Parents, students, community members and district employees are invited to participate in an online survey and two public forums to provide their input on desirable attributes of the next superintendent.

Community forums are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Education Center, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

The online survey, which will be up until Sunday, March 2, can be accessed at

Last Wednesday, the school board selected national firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct the search.

The search firm will take the public’s input and present that information, along with a leadership profile and candidate criteria, during the board’s March 12 meeting.

The district expects to name a new superintendent in May, according to a release.

Superintendent Joe Farley announced that he will retire on June 30, after four years at the head of the district and a 40-plus-year career as an educator.

For more information, visit the district’s website at

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