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July 3, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Critics of a southern Orange County school district launched an effort Monday to recall four longtime trustees, the latest salvo in a revolt that has besieged Capistrano Unified School District in recent years. "You have ignored the ever-growing chorus of elected officials and voters calling for your immediate resignations.
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June 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The arraignments Friday of two former top administrators at the Capistrano Unified School District were postponed to July 13. Former Supt. James A. Fleming was charged with misappropriating public funds, using public funds to influence an election and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public. Former Assistant Supt. Susan McGill was charged with perjury and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.
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June 5, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The president of the Capistrano Unified School District board on Monday urged the community to move past recent controversies -- including the indictment of a former superintendent -- and work with current leaders to restore the system's credibility. "Any jackass can kick down a barn. But it takes a carpenter to build one," said President Sheila Benecke at Monday night's board meeting.
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May 17, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Discord continued to brew in the beleaguered Capistrano Unified School District, with critics questioning two trustees' motives and behavior during the most recent board meeting. The CUSD Recall Committee criticized Trustee Marlene Draper's May 7 vote to approve planning documents prepared by a firm led by her daughter.
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May 9, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Capistrano Unified School District officials announced Tuesday that they would lease out one-third of their $36-million administration center. Construction of the three-building complex, which district critics called an unnecessary and extravagant "Taj Mahal," prompted turmoil in the South County school district. The center, which opened in June, is an airy, Mission-style complex with expansive picture windows just east of Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano.
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May 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Capistrano Unified School District announced Tuesday that it had reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with district teachers, providing a 4% retroactive salary increase this year and a 3% increase for next. The district will continue to pay any additional costs of medical, dental and vision insurance, officials said. Teachers are expected to vote on the pact from May 10 to 14.
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March 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Dennis M. Smith was named superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District on Monday. Smith, currently chief of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, has also led districts in Irvine, Laguna Beach, San Diego County and Orlando, Fla. He will begin July 1 at Capistrano, replacing Interim Supt. Charles McCully. McCully replaced James Fleming, who resigned in August after a 15-year tenure marred by controversies.
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March 7, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to stop paying the legal fees of former Supt. James Fleming, officials said.
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March 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees on Monday named Dennis M. Smith as its finalist to become superintendent. Smith, superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, would replace Charles McNally, who took over on an interim basis after James Fleming resigned in August after a 15-year tenure marred by controversies including allegations that he kept an "enemies list."
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February 14, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A southern Orange County school district has settled a lawsuit that alleged its trustees violated the state's open-meetings law by gathering behind closed doors to discuss ways to silence a critic.
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