Lucia Mar shuffles school board seats

March 3, 2016
Lucia Mar boundaries

Lucia Mar boundaries

The Lucia Mar school board has approved a plan to more evenly distribute trustee seats among electoral areas. The board voted to move one trustee seat from the Arroyo Grande area to the Nipomo area, with the change taking effect in 2018. [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 Oso 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 that other areas.

On Tuesday, the board voted 6-1 to move a trustee seat from Arroyo Grande to Nipomo. The board also approved slight changes to the map of Oceano’s area, while allowing the community to keep its own electoral district.

Recently, the district considered combining Oceano with another area to resolve the population imbalance. The proposal was met with opposition from Oceano residents.

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education must still approve Lucia Mar’s new district map in order for it to take effect.


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2 Comments

  1. surferdude says:

    You got that all wrong…
    More administrative waste.
    What makes sense is 3 districts for the entire county
    North, coast and SLO and south

    Each small district has their high paid superintendents, assistants, etc. it’s time for Templeton and Atascadeo to combine.

    (12) 16 Total Votes - 14 up - 2 down
  2. Kaiser Bill says:

    Maybe Lucia Mar School District is too big and should split up.

    Bringing together the whole South County under one school district made sense when Nipomo was just Jocko’s and a gas station.

    Now that Nipomo has almost 20,000 people, it is obvious that they are underrepresented.

    There will be greater citizen control over the school district if it is split up into smaller districts.

    A 5 cities district with Pismo Beach, Oceano, Halcyon, Grover Beach, and Arroyo Grande.

    A Nipomo district consisting of Nipomo and part of the Mesa.

    Return control of the schools back to the people and away from educational bureaucrats.

    (3) 17 Total Votes - 10 up - 7 down

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