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Chiquita Canyon School Plans OKd

Trustees in the Capistrano Unified School District recently approved final construction plans for a high school in Chiquita Canyon.

The $50-million campus, planned for 3 acres north of San Juan Capistrano and east of Mission Viejo, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2001.

“It’s what we call a 50-50 project: Half of the funding comes from the state, and the other half comes locally from Mello-Roos districts,” said David A. Doomey, the district’s assistant superintendent of facilities planning.

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Capistrano officials had been blocked by the Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service early this year from getting a permit to build on the environmentally sensitive site.

A revised district proposal, affecting fewer than 3 acres, received approval in March from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Even with the new high school--the fifth in the South County district-- officials said a sixth will be needed to deal with growth and crowding.

In related action last week, trustees agreed to ask the public for help in finding a name for the Chiquita Canyon high school. They suggested a historical figure or a geological area could be used. The final decision on the name will be made by the school board.


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