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By Brian Park

The Capistrano Unified School District has selected a name for its new K-8 campus in Rancho Mission Viejo: Esencia School.

Esencia is the name of Rancho Mission Viejo’s second village, which is currently being developed and will be the future site of the school. In Spanish, it means “essence.”

The name was chosen unanimously, without discussion or public comment, from a list of seven possibilities, including Acjachemen, Barbara L. Banda, Glenn T. Seaborg, Helena Modjeska, Ortega Oaks and Ronald Reagan. The list was finalized in May, after the district gathered more than 40 names from the community, trustees and staff.

The school is scheduled to open in 2017 and will serve 1,200 to 1,600 students.

The school already has a principal in line. In April, the board appointed Greg Merwin, currently the principal at George White Elementary in Laguna Niguel, to be the school’s first principal.

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