City officials, business owners, law enforcement and a variety of other leaders in the community were invited by Capistrano Unified School District to be a “Principal for a Day” for a few hours in elementary, middle and high schools within the area.

Afterward, participants gathered for a luncheon to share their experiences on Feb. 28, where San Clemente High School culinary arts students catered the event.

The district stages Principal for a Day events to reflect the partnership between the schools and every facet of the community, said Ryan Burris, chief communications officer for the district, which provides instruction to roughly 47,000 students on 63 campuses, encompassing 200 square miles.

San Clemente-affiliated “principals” included San Clemente Councilmember Gene James, San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Susie Lantz and Beth Apodaca, director of Age Well Senior Services at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center, For a complete list of participants, visit

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