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Another CUSD Trustee Race Shapes Up

President Gary Pritchard will run for reelection. And face a challenger.

A race emerges for the trustee seat representing Aliso Viejo as a challenger has stepped forward to face off with President Gary Pritchard.

Pritchard was elected only two years ago. When voters decided to , Pritchard was elected to finish out his term.

So, with not even two years under his belt, Pritchard will run for reelection. He declared his candidacy Wednesday with the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Also officially coming forward Wednesday was CUSD newcomer Bill Perkins. From 2001-2007, Perkins served on the Planning Commission in Costa Mesa. His exit coincided with his move to Aliso Viejo.

The Nov. 6 election will mark the first time in Capo Unified in which trustees will be elected by specific areas. Previously, trustees needed to come from one of seven specific areas but were elected by the voting population at large.

In 2010, , which changed elections to by-trustee-area only.

After being elected to the board in 2010, Pritchard served as vice president. However, because then-President Jack Brick chose not to run the regular board meetings, Pritchard has chaired the meetings for his entire term.

Since his election, Pritchard has often been in the majority in multiple 5-2 votes. The two trustees frequently on the losing end, Trustees Ellen Addonizio and Sue Palazzo, have endorsed Perkins, according to his site.

Meanwhile, , which includes parts of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores and Coto de Caza.

Trustee John Alpay is the only candidate to officially express interest in Trustee Area 3 in San Clemente. No one has pulled papers for Trustee Area 1, which includes a part of San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point.

Stay tuned to Patch for more CUSD election coverage.

just a parent July 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@Clint The district has always been and continues to be able to meet its financial obligations. Therefore, by definition, it is not bankrupt.
Sharon Y. July 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Clint , you are correct and the district is deficit spending with so many bridge and trans loans they can not keep track, and yes it is 100% the fault of Pritchard who has run this board for the last year and a half. He is in charge of the agenda and if he was doing his job he would be watching our scarce tax dollars. Instead he approved the budget with zero discussion , he shut it down, also shutting down democracy. You have failed our students Mr. Pritchard and you no longer deserve to hold your seat on this board
Clint Worthington July 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Just a Parent, I did not say the district is bankrupt. I said you can have a balanced budget and still be bankrupt. Let me give you an example: you balance your own personal budget for the year. It is a balanced budget. Revenues match expenditures. In fact, in the budget there is even some left over to put in the savings. Unfortunately, the contract with your employer (this is an example) states that you will get paid when the work is completed at the end of the year. Are you able to make the mortgage payment, water bill, car payment, etc.? No. As you do not have the cash flow to make those payments. Is the budget balanced? Yes. You can have a balanced budget and be bankrupt because the cash flow does not meet the needs of the expenses.
just a parent July 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM
@Clint I understand your premise and I'm glad that we agree that the district is not bankrupt. The district is meeting its obligations. They always have. They expect to continue to do so next year. As long as the district meets its financial obligations, it is not insolvent or bankrupt, by definition.
Clint Worthington July 30, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Just a parent, the district is meeting it's obligations today. But will the district be able to do so in the very near future? Based upon a declining enrollment, a heavy debt load including the bond obligations, I would say the future is quite uncertain financially, in my opinion.

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