Public Services Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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A well-educated population is critical to maintaining and enhancing our overall quality of life and economic vitality. Educated citizens are more likely to participate in school youth programs, community-based organizations and civic affairs. In a very real sense, these citizens form the foundation of what it means to be a “community.” Our local schools contribute to the City’s social fabric and are at the forefront of maintaining an educated and informed citizenry.

The City of San Clemente is located within the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), which also includes all or part of the cities of Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and several unincorporated communities of Orange County. The District offers programs for students from Kindergarten through Adult Enrichment and participates in state and federal student performance evaluation programs. Together with CUSD and private and non-profit organizations, the City offers many lifelong learning opportunities that enrich local youth and adults. For example, Saddleback College offers adult classes at the City’s Senior Center and CUSD offers a number of adult courses serving San Clemente residents, including arts and crafts, English as a second language, finance, photography, computer skills, philosophy and music.

GOAL:

Provide and promote the most effective and highest quality educational opportunities to residents of all ages, incomes and abilities through public and private schools, vocational training and City and private educational programs.

POLICIES:

PSFU-1.01. Educational Partners. We partner with public and private schools, other public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses throughout the region to expand and promote the range and quality of educational offerings available to the community.
PSFU-1.02. Joint Use of Facilities. We partner with public and private educational institutions to jointly use facilities for both community and educational purposes, such as afterschool recreation, community gatherings and cultural events.
PSFU-1.03. Access to Schools. We work with local and regional partners to maintain safety in and around schools and to improve access to schools and community services.
PSFU-1.04. School Facilities. We plan and coordinate with CUSD and private educational institutions for designing and locating school facilities to meet the City's goals, such as for health, walkability and safety, and to maintain neighborhood compatibility.
PSFU-1.05. CUSD Master Plan. We work with the CUSD to ensure their Master Plan fosters a strong sense of community in San Clemente neighborhoods (e.g., decisions regarding school facilities enhance neighborhood quality of life) and adheres to the educational facility standards provided in Orange County's Growth Management Plan.
PSFU-1.06. City Advocacy Role. We work with CUSD to advocate high academic and facility standards, and we will help identify areas of common interest, such as educational or training opportunities programs, facilities and areas meriting attention or improvement.

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