The concept of exploring the “funding and building a golf facility” at Coast Union High School is on the agenda for the school board meeting Thursday, Aug. 13.
The public meeting of the Coast Unified School District Board of Trustees starts at 7 p.m. at the district offices in the Old Grammar School’s board room (former cafeteria), 1350 Main St.
The golf course presentation is scheduled as the first major item on the agenda.
About 150 interested members of the community apparently were notified recently by email about the presentation, District Superintendent Vicki Schumacher told The Cambrian recently. A supporter of the concept sent the email.
Schumacher said in an Aug. 10 email that a “small golf facility” could be constructed on available land behind high school.
“There is great interest in our community to provide a facility for golf,” Schumacher said.
Private funding would likely play a significant part in such an arrangement.
There is precedent for such community-school district cooperatives, in which district land is used for recreational facilities available to students and members of the public. Those precedents include tennis courts at the high school (Cambria Tennis Club) and the new pickleball courts at the Old Grammar School (Cambria Pickleball by the Sea.
Board President Del Clegg said Tuesday that putting a golf course on a level plain behind the baseball diamond has been discussed casually for years, but that it was “one of the longer-term plans” for the district.
He said individual community members “apparently are kicking the bushes real hard now” to get the project going soon.
Clegg recalled that the area, which is “way bigger than you’d ever think … used to be an orchard 50 or 60 years ago, and then it may have been dry farmed.”
The course would be irrigated from the school district’s well, “although it wouldn’t take a lot of water.” Clegg said such a course “could be great for the kids,” beyond teaching them the game of golf. “Maintaining it could be part of an ag vocational program, such as how to take care of grass and turf.”
On the agenda
At Thursday’s meeting, trustees are to hear about or decide on:
- The Santa Lucia Middle School Astroturf installation around the flagpole and in a play area behind the office, plus the instal-lation of a sand volleyball court between the office and gym.
- Possible play equipment for use by Head Start.
- Putting the Cambria Com-munity Day School on inactive status for this fiscal year.
- The district’s initial 2015-16 proposal to Coast Cambria Teachers Association.
- An update on a broken pipe/ water leak at the high school.