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Capistrano High School Is Needed, Reader Says

March 02, 2003

Re "Capistrano Unified Ignores Voters on High School; City Stands Idly By," Feb. 23:

In her letter chastising Capistrano Unified School District, Anne Fox mistakenly states that despite the voters' disapproval of the Whispering Hills development in that area, "the school district has chosen to move forward with the construction of the high school...."

The school district did not "choose" to move forward; it was forced to move forward. Since there is no regular public high school in San Juan Capistrano, the other high schools in the district are bursting at the seams to make up the slack. Dana Hills High School was built for 1,700 students but has close to 3,000. The same problem exists at San Clemente, Capistrano Valley and Aliso Niguel high schools.

While the school district and teachers are doing everything they can to cope with the tremendous crowding, the district cannot stand idly by and let the people of one area determine the quality of education for all of the high school students of the district. The school must be built.

Milt Rouse

English teacher

Dana Hills High School

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