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Cayucos moves forward on high school dilemma 

After years of debate the Cayucos Elementary School District is making headway on the issue of where to send its students after eighth grade.

At the Sept. 27 meeting, the district board received a full report on the viable directions that the district could go in, prepared by an independent consultant, the Ochoa and Moore Law Firm.

District Superintendent Scott Smith said that bringing the firm in to give their expert opinion would also bring in an unbiased opinion of the best options for the district to move forward with.

"We just hit the reset button and had them [the Ochoa and Moore Law Firm] look at all possible options they could think of, while listing the advantages and disadvantages of each," Smith said.

During the spring the district reopened an old discussion (download .pdf) of where its students will go for high school. Currently students do one of two things: get routed into Coast Union High School in Cambria or apply for an interdistrict transfer to Morro Bay High School.

The firm came up with a list of 10 options for the district, in descending order of complexity of implementation.

Of the 10, Smith made a recommendation of three options for the board to consider: unifying the district into a K-12 district giving parents a choice of where they want their student to attend; changing Cayucos from a component district of Coast Unified School District to a component district of San Luis Coastal; or pursue a memorandum of understanding between Cayucos, Coast Unified, and San Luis Coastal Unified School District that would allow students to attend high schools in either district.

At its Oct. 11 meeting, the board will give its input on Smith's recommendations and possibly vote on the direction for the district to go in.

"I would just say that I'm playing my part by providing the district and public with an unbiased report and a recommendation. What the board decides is up to them," Smith said. Δ

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