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SFID #3: Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo

School Facility Improvement District #3
Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo

Our local schools have provided high-quality education to local students for over 40 years and have a longstanding track record of strong academic performance.

The schools serving Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo are:

Upgrades for Safety and Student Achievement

Although our schools have consistently showed strong academic performance, many of our schools were built more than 40 years ago and need to be repaired and upgraded so that they can continue serving our communities for decades to come. Due to their age, some local schools have outdated classrooms, science labs and instructional technology that must be upgraded in order to meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools in our area. Capistrano USD has conducted a thorough assessment of all school facilities to identify the most urgent and high priority improvements, which include enhancing safety, modernizing older schools, providing up-to-date equipment and technology, and more.

Dedicated Local Funding for School Improvements

The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a local school improvement bond measure on the March 2020 ballot that could generate up to $300 million in local funding to repair and modernize schools within the SFID that encompasses Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, and  Laguna Niguel. If passed by 55% of local voters, this measure would cost homeowners $34 per $100,000 of the assessed value of their home while bonds are outstanding. Repairs and upgrades to our neighborhood schools could include:

  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs, wood and support beams that have termite damage and dry rot as well as replacing plumbing and failing electrical systems as needed
  • Upgrading classrooms, science labs, and technology to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Keeping computer systems and instructional technology up-to-date
  • Modernizing labs and career training facilities that prepare students for careers in healthcare, biomedical, computer science, robotics, and skilled trades
  • Removing hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites
  • Installing, repairing or replacing air conditioning units in classrooms to improve air quality as well as renovating bathrooms and water fountains to meet current health, safety, and ADA standards
  • Upgrading older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools

A school improvement bond measure would require a clear system of fiscal accountability including a detailed project list and an independent citizens’ oversight committee. No funds could be taken by the State or be diverted to other schools within our district or region.

For more details about the potential school improvement measure for Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel schools, please contact Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer, at CUSDFacilityUopdates@capousd.org or (949) 234-9427 or view the following links:

Classroom Technology
Environmental Opportunities
Graduating Scholar
Fact Sheet

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