A county committee is expected to take the next steps Wednesday, Aug. 22, on a formal request to have Cayucos high school students permanently assigned to the San Luis
Obispo school district — presumably so they could attend Morro Bay High School 2 miles away.
Cayucos high schoolers have for more than 80 years been part of Coast Unified School District, based in Cambria, and have attended Coast Union High School.
At the meeting due to begin at 4:30 p.m., a con-
sultant is to update the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education’s County Committee on School District Organization on a report he’s preparing on potential financial, demographic and other impacts of such a transfer. The committee also will receive legal analysis on which voters should be allowed to cast ballots in the transfer process, should the committee approve it.
Committee members also are expected to issue a negative declaration of any impacts on the environment if the territory transfer is allowed to move forward.
Subsequent meetings are currently scheduled for Sept. 5, when the consultant might be ready to release his final report, and Sept. 10, when the committee might be ready to make a decision on the petition request.
Cindy Fratto, president of Coast Unified’s Board of Trustees has said the transfer would cost the Cambria district “$1.2 million every year, 11.4 percent of our total annual budget,” which likely would trigger the layoff of a dozen teachers and closure of the district’s only middle school and Leffingwell High School.
The board approved on a 4-1 vote sending two letters to Julian Crocker, county superintendent of schools, outlining their stance opposing the territory transfer.