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By Eric Heinz
On Friday, April 1, organizers of the group Save Our Summer protested the new school calendar adopted by Capistrano Unified School District that would start school Aug. 15 and end earlier in June. The protest was centered around having children not attend school on Friday to gain attention from the district’s Board of Trustees. The reason for the opposition centers around arguments that the calendar makes scheduling for student testing and parent scheduling difficult. There have also been claims by the group that the new school schedule keeps students in attendance during some of the hottest months of the year, causing the district to spend an inordinate amount of energy and money on air conditioning and other devices.
Supporters in favor of changing the schedule said they intend to protest the new schedule at a future CUSD meeting.