Lucia Mar board members tonight are set to consider a scaled-back summer school program, even smaller than what the South County district offered last year.
District board members will consider several alternatives: one that would serve about 350 elementary and middle school students; another that could accommodate up to 180 high school students; or both.
Or, the board could eliminate the summer school program entirely.
But even if the board decides to fund both programs — at a combined cost of $72,501 — the summer school program would be “far, far smaller than anything our district has ever run during the summer,” said Andy Stenson, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum.
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Last year’s summer school offerings included four programs that served about 1,000 students, including 887 elementary and middle school students, at an estimated $194,000 cost. Federal funds covered most of that.
About three years ago — before falling tax revenue prompted state leaders to change the way school districts are funded for summer school — Lucia Mar was able to offer summer school programs serving about 1,500 students and costing from $280,000 to $360,000, for which it received a state reimbursement, Stenson said.
Now, the money comes out of the district’s general fund and could be used for other expenses, such as paying teacher salaries.
The high school program would pay three teachers and allow juniors and seniors to make up credits in English, math and history. In past years, 20 to 24 teachers have taught summer school classes, Stenson said.
The elementary and middle school program would give 17 teachers the opportunity to work with students who are performing significantly below their grade level.
The board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at 602-G Orchard St. in Arroyo Grande.