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Cayucos exploring new options for high school students

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The Cayucos Elementary School District is exploring new options for students once they graduate 8th grade, an issue that has been simmering for years.

Right now, by state law, high schoolers from Cayucos are supposed to attend Coast Union High School in Cambria. However, most parents are transferring their students to Morro Bay High School.

The problem is, when that happens, the funding for the students doesn't follow.

"Last year, Coast Union had eight of our students. I believe right now they have five," said Superintendent Scott Smith of Cayucos Elementary School District. 

Meanwhile, 51 Cayucos students transferred into Morro Bay High.

"Both schools are great schools, but I think proximity plays a big role in it," Smith said.

For some parents, it just makes more sense for high school students living in Cayucos to go four miles south to school instead of 15 miles north.

"San Luis Coastal has been doing a great job of opening their doors to Cayucos high school students," Smith said.

Especially since the district takes those students in as a favor.

"They've been doing it without receiving any tax revenues for those students, so at this point, they are basically educating Cayucos high school students for free," Smith said.

The San Luis Coastal Unified School District spends $12,000 on each Cayucos student that attends Morro Bay High, and the Cayucos Elementary School District realizes that favor may soon be coming to an end.

"Right now, the main concern is that they are facing a downturn in revenues due to Diablo Canyon closing," Smith said.

Cayucos is hoping to find a solution before that happens and will look into options before time runs out. School district officials will be discussing their options this Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at Cayucos Elementary School. The public is welcome to attend.

The San Luis Coastal Unified School District says it will see what options the Cayucos school district comes up with and, for now, will continue to allow Cayucos students into its schools.

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