School year starts soon with changes in and out of class

New faculty, adjusted starting class time and even some physical changes await North Coast students

The CambrianAugust 21, 2013 

Kyle Martin


Ready or not, students and their families: North Coast public schools are to reopen their campuses for classes on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Cambria Elementary, Santa Lucia Middle, Cambria Community Day and Coast and Leffingwell high schools will hold classes for three days, Aug. 28 through 30, and then will be closed for the three-day Labor Day holiday.

The middle school has some new teachers and a new principal, Kyle Martin of Cambria. Previous principal John Calandro resigned to head up Laguna Middle School in his hometown.

There are some other changes, according to Chris Adams, superintendent of the Coast Unified School District. For instance, high school classes are to start at 8:30 a.m., 20 minutes later than last year. School ends later, too, at 3:25 p.m.

The change should give teens more snooze-button time, especially those who live in Cayucos, because the district also is running a separate Cayucos bus, Adams told district trustees at their Aug. 8 meeting.

That “purple route” bus is to pick up and deliver students to Cayucos elementary and middle schools before heading north to Cambria Grammar School and the high school. The return trip will hit Cambria grammar, middle and high schools, then through downtown Cambria before making various Cayucos stops.

The new arrangement should eliminate or reduce what had been a long layover for Cayucos students.

District crews made some safety and security modifications during the summer, according to Lee Wight, facilities director, such as the installation of eight connecting doors between elementary school classrooms. In case of emergency, those new doors would give students and staff other ways to exit.

While the district provides required supplies — including iPads for all middle and high school students to use throughout the school year — elementary school parents can help offset other costs by donating optional materials, ranging from Kleenex and hand sanitizer for the transitional kindergarten through second grade to 200-count notebook paper, glue sticks, No. 2 pencils and other supplies for higher grades. For the complete list, contact the school at 927-4400.

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