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By Brian Park
The Capistrano Unified School District is asking for the community’s input for the name of a new K-8 school to be built in the developing Rancho Mission Viejo community.
School names may include, but are not limited to, geographic locations within district boundaries or other names significant to the district or the community, according to a release. To submit a suggestion or for more information, email email@example.com.
In January, CUSD trustees held a brief discussion to consider names. Trustee Anna Bryson suggested the name “Gabrielino,” after the native people that inhabited the location of the future school. Trustee Amy Hanacek suggested “Sycamore,” and “Gavilan,” the Spanish word for the sparrowhawk.
After speaking with the family that has owned and managed the ranch’s land since 1882, Trustee Gary Pritchard said the family requested the board consider Marguerite “Daisy” O’Neill.
The board continued their discussion to a meeting in March.
The school, which will be built in the second village of Rancho Mission Viejo, Esencia, is slated to open in 2016 and will serve 1,200-1,600 students.