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Dec 8, 2010 10:02 PM by Ariel Wesler

Board members meet to consider school closure

School board members in Orcutt are meeting tonight to address whether to close May Grisham Elementary School. The Orcutt School District says it's getting about a thousand dollars less per student than it needs to function. Shutting down May Grisham is just one of eleven options district leaders are considering. Students would be sent to other schools in the district.

"Reorganize May Grisham students. Send them to Patterson and Pine Grover. That will fill up because both of those have low enrollment, so our recommendation is to send students there, and we would send them by neighborhood and try to keep kids together as much as we can," said Orcutt District Superintendent Bob Bush.

The district has lost about 800 students in the last eight years. It says it needs to make changes in order to stay solvent.

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