Sheila Benecke

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Spa Getaway Bites Ex-Superintendent in the Butt

    Late yesterday the Capistrano Unified School District released a 54-page termination report detailing the charges that led to ex-superintendent Woodrow Carter's firing on Monday March 9. Carter's spa getaway weekend-- paid for partially by the district and by an architectural firm which was later aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    Out With the Old (Ladies)

    It was predictable that the turnout wouldn't be huge for a special recall election at the end of the month but nevertheless, two 20 year veterans of the Capistrano Unified School District board who have been clinging to their posts were effectively booted out last night after the night's tallies we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    How to Avoid a Total Recall

    So, this has nothing to do with Heath Ledger's overdose, but it's news that broke today and we've been with this story for a while now, so what the hell. Last September we spent some time with the CUSD Recall Committee, a feisty, frustrated group of parents and South County residents who pledged t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    Please Quit Now, Pretty Please!

    Guys, either you go or you're going to cost everyone a lot of money -- that's roughly the sentiment delivered to longstanding Capistrano Unified School District trustees Marlene Draper and Sheila Benecke Tuesday by three of the seven members on the tense and divided board. The three newest trustee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Holy Christmas! Embattled CUSD Trustees and Ex-Sup Join Santa!

    We couldn't believe it ourselves, but proof arrived in our offices today and it appears that embattled Capistrano Unified School District trustees Sheila Benecke and Marlene Draper have joined indicted ex-superintendent James Fleming in the North Pole! Although the two trustees -- who are the subj ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2007

    No Party Favors

    The county GOP gives beleaguered Republican board members at Capo Unified Schools a vote of no-confidence

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    No More Illegal Secret Meetings at CUSD

    Things didn't quite hit showdown tenor last night at a special Capistrano Unified School District board meeting meant to address findings by the OC DA that four of the board's current members had repeatedly violated open meeting laws by holding illegal closed meetings. The meeting was scheduled for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Showdown in South County School District

    News of a damning District Attorney report that found four current and three former trustees who served on the board of the 51,000-student Capistrano Unified School District repeatedly violated open meeting laws by holding illegal closed meetings (See, "Brown Act Blues," Oct. 18), culminated today w ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2007

    Brown Act Blues

    The DA doesn’t file criminal charges against CAPO Unified School trustees, but their violations of the state open-meeting law will go on their permanent records

  • News

    October 11, 2007

    Caught in Violation of the Act

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! DAs report finds Capistrano Unified held illegal closed meetings

  • Features

    October 4, 2007

    Total Recall

    A timeline

  • Features

    October 4, 2007

    Hard Knocks

    Three years in the life of the Capistrano Unified School District

  • News

    August 23, 2007

    Recall Madness!

    The nuts and bolts (with extra nuts) of direct democracy gone wild