An article in today’s TelegramTribune talked about the declining enrollment with schools in Atascadero and the possibility a school will need to be closed. This is not just happening in Atascadero, but County wide.
The enrollment for County schools hit a peak in 2001 and has declined every year since. In 2001, the enrollment was over 37,000 students. In 2004, it was a little over 36,000. It’s projeted that in 2009, the enrollment will be around 34,700.
Two reasons for this are 1) decreasing number of births in the county, and 2) high cost of housing in county.