By Mayor Ross Chun
The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) is responsible for the education of more than 50,000 students and maintenance of more than 2.5 million square feet of facilities. CUSD’s service to the families within this enormous district goes well beyond those staggering statistics.
CUSD is entrusted with the safety and care of our children each day during the school year. Our students go to school to be with their friends, learn lessons, and benefit from the guidance and support of more than 4,100 district employees who all contribute to our students’ school day in some manner. Reading, math, science, sports and the arts become a part of our children’s lives thanks to the wonderful public schools that make up a critical part of our city. They gain an appreciation for academics and athletics, music and art and theater and nutrition during a time when many parents are working or caring for their younger siblings. However, this is not all that our schools do for the community.
Beautiful, well-maintained schools, competitive grades and strong test scores all have an impact on our city’s financial growth. Good schools contribute to higher property values and attract businesses that build a strong local economy, and Aliso Viejo benefits from these factors. We are all grateful for the contribution our school district makes to the lifestyle of Aliso Viejo residents and businesses. We can all help by volunteering at a school or school event and remaining conscious and vigilant about safety around our schools. We are grateful to have a great partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District.