About 10,400 students are heading back to school in the South County on Thursday, making students in the Lucia Mar Unified School District the first in San Luis Obispo County to return to classes after summer vacation.
Students who attend school in one of the county’s nine other school districts will start classes throughout the week of Aug. 22.
Andy Stenson, Lucia Mar’s assistant superintendent of curriculum, estimates the district’s enrollment may drop overall by about 30 students.
He’s projecting an increase in middle and high schools of about 70 students, but forecasts a drop in elementary school students of about 100 children.
“We do expect enrollment to be down,” he said. “Our hope is it won’t be down significantly.”
If it is, the district would face its sixth consecutive year of declining enrollment.