San Miguel puts off till June decision on community day school

The San Miguel school district hasn’'t yet decided whether it will create a community day school on the campus of Lillian Larsen School for students with severe behavioral, academic and attendance problems.

Superintendent Dean Smith hopes the school, which would qualify for $97,500 in state funding, would keep primarily fifth through eighth grade students on campus rather than sending them into home study or other districts’ programs.

There are several community day schools in the county, although most serve high school age students. Cambria and Shandon have similar programs to the one proposed in San Miguel. The San Miguel school would be very small, serving just five to 12 students.

If there were more than five students, the school would qualify for Average Daily Attendance funding of around $3,000 per student per year, Smith said.

At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, the board tabled a decision on the school until late June.