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School district approves Cayucos transfer agreement 

After years of discussion, Coast Unified School District was the last to approve an agreement that establishes a process for Cayucos students to transfer to San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUDS) schools.

The memorandum of understanding approved at the district's Feb. 8 meeting allows inter-district transfers from Cayucos Elementary School to choose whether they want to attend schools in San Luis Coastal or Coast Unified after graduating the K-8—and the money will follow the student to their preferred school. Those dollars previously stayed with Coast Unified. The agreement also allows some Coast Unified funds to follow students from Cayucos, Coast, and San Luis Coastal for grades six through eight.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY KAREN GARCIA
  • Photo By Karen Garcia

There will be a three-year phasing period. This year, 22 percent of funds will follow the students, 55 percent will follow next year, and the full amount is set for the third year.

Victoria Schumacher, the Coast Unified School District superintendent, said the agreement represents an important step for Coast to retain funding for students who reside in San Simeon, Cambria, Harmony, and Cayucos.

The board unanimously approved the memorandum without discussion. Schumacher said Coast board members attended several of the Cayucos district's board meetings. She said that Coast Board President Samuel Shalhoub and Board Clerk Del Clegg provided her with direction as the districts developed the memorandum.

"We believe that this interagency agreement was finally approved based on the high level of collaboration among the three superintendents and good will across all three school districts to benefit all of our students," Schumacher said.

Cayucos Superintendent Scott Smith said, "I was fortunate to have collaborative superintendents in both districts that were willing to work on [the memorandum] together."

The next step for Smith is working with San Luis Coastal and Coast Unified to provide parents with a guide to the new inter-district transfer process. Δ

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