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Capo Unified Superintendent Farley Announces Retirement

A search for a replacement is likely to start in January.

Joseph Farley, superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District. Photo courtesy CUSD.
Joseph Farley, superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District. Photo courtesy CUSD.
Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joe Farley announced at the start of the school board meeting tonight that he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Farley, 63, took the job in 2010 after years of tumult, including several recall campaigns and a teachers' strike. He's the ninth superintendent in the district's 49-year history.

"I became superintendent in June of 2010 and was asked to stabilize the district, return the focus back to instruction and kids, and to earn back the trust of our employee groups," Farley said. 

"I intend to retire from district service on June 30, 2014 and [I want] to say I’m so proud to say I’ve done this work."

In October, it was revealed that Farley has picked up a part-time job as a consultant for a Chicago-based educational recruitment firm.

According to a press release from the district, trustees will discuss plans for finding a replacement, starting in January. 

Patch will have more information from tonight's meeting. 


Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Here's a letter Dr. Farley wrote to the community: http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1343191429797/3612017086089836423.pdf
Eric Bergstrom December 12, 2013 at 02:20 AM
He brought a glimmer of normalcy to an extremely dysfunctional school district. Happy retirement Dr. Farley! Don't pack it all in. Stay active, my friend. Stay active!
MayMom December 12, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Sorry to see him leave. He has done a good job.
Natalie Costa December 12, 2013 at 09:59 AM
This is very sad. He is a great administrator. He returns emails....he understands how education should be.
Scott Schmitt December 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Great job Joe and thank you for all you've done for our communities!
Matt Gaffney December 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Good riddance! After the way he screwed Eric Patton he can't leave fast enough.
ChristieD December 12, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Dr. Farley accomplished a lot during his time with CUSD. He has been a very positive influence on a district plagued with numerous issues and divisions. His work has been much appreciated and his retirement is a tremendous loss for CUSD. Best wishes for an excellent retirement, Dr. Farley.

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