Lucia Mar to redraw its inner boundaries
February 4, 2016
The Lucia Mar school board voted Tuesday in favor of redrawing the district’s internal boundaries based on population. [Tribune]
Lucia Mar has seven trustees on its school board. The trustees represent four areas, each having one to three representatives.
Area 1, which includes Nipomo and Osoo Flaco, has one trustee. Area 2, which includes Arroyo Grande, Branch and Huasna, has three trustees. One trustee represents Oceano, which is in Area 3, and two trustees represent Area 4, which includes Grover Beach, Pismo Beach and Shell Beach.
The boundaries were set when the district was formed in 1966. Recent growth in Nipomo has caused Area 1 to have more residents than other areas.
Area 1’s lone trustee currently represents nearly 19,000 of the district’s nearly 75,000 residents.
A parent advocacy group, which raised the issue, recently pushed for the district to redraw its inner boundaries. The school board responded by forming a committee, which on Tuesday, also recommended redrawing the boundaries.
District officials will hold a study session Monday with a cartographer to consider new possibilities for the Lucia Mar map.
Changes to the district’s internal boundaries must gain approval from the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.
Three trustee seats are up for election in November. Lucia Mar voters can vote on all trustee seats, not just the ones in their area. The district has not announced plans to change the voting format.