Capistrano Dispatch editor agrees that CUSD should address essential, safety and classroom needs before pools and stadiums
Nov 09, 2007 Filed in: Volzke, Jonathan
Jonathan Volzke, The Capistrano Dispatch "Old portables, too few bathrooms, toilets that don’t work properly. Capistrano Unified, fix your plumbing before you move on to your yard. I’ve been impressed with interim Superintendent Carter Woodrow thus far and agree with his philosophy of planning the plan, then executing the plan. Well, when you look to the district for a comprehensive facilities construction and maintenance plan, it’s still being formulated. That plan needs to be in place before more dollars are spent on non-essential, non-safety, non-classroom items."
Volzke is the editor of the The Capistrano Dispatch.
Trustee Stiff and the ABC Trustees put SJHHS stadium on hold pending outcome of district-wide facilities needs assessment
Nov 07, 2007 Filed in: Stiff, Duane
Duane Stiff, The Orange County Register “I’m in favor of finishing San Juan Hills. But we’ve got so many needs that we could fill a book. We’ve got 50-year-old schools that aren’t getting their fair share.”
CUSD school board member Duane Stiff moved to table a staff recommendation to put a proposed football stadium at San Juan Hills High School out for contractor bids. The ABC Reform Trustees joined Stiff and passed the motion 4-3.
District sycophant Kutnick tows party line for Benecke and Draper by ignoring facilities equity and hypocritically accusing others of politically exploiting children
Nov 07, 2007 Filed in: Kutnick, Erin
Erin Kutnick, The Orange County Register “I’m shocked and horrified that a board of trustees would not vote to finish a school that has been in the planning stages and approved for five years. It was about political agendas, and children were the pawns.”
Kutnick made these remarks after the November 5, 2007 CUSD board meeting where she spoke as an advocate of a new stadium for San Juan Hills High School. Kutnick is a long-time advocate of the old guard Fleming trustees and an outspoken opponent of reform at CUSD. Kutnick's statements were hypocritical since it was her anti-masterplan-pro-stadium-spending crowd who flagrantly used their own children as political pawns that night. By contrast, not one of her opponents objected to the stadium (they just wanted to fix broken schools first), and not one of them brought their children to the meeting as political pawns to put emotional pressure on the trustees.
When the meeting was over, Kutnick approached the dais to publicly deride Trustee Stiff (who had made the motion to table the item) and then, in a tantrum, she stepped outside the room where she loudly criticized her opponents, using profanity within earshot of SJHHS children who had attended the meeting that night. Nice touch, Erin! Kutnick has children who attend San Juan Hills High School and Capistrano Valley High School.