Besides the possibility of higher income and greater savings, another issue behind the latest move to consolidate elementary school districts is declining enrollments.
The declines are being felt in the El Dorado Union High School District as well.
From enrollments projected in 2006 it was predicted the district would have 7,755 high school students this year. Instead it had 6,906. Next year, 2012-13, the original forecast was for 7,674 students, but now even more shrinkage is expected, down to 6,634. Declines from here to 2015-16 are forecast (6,329).
It’s a demographic trend. It may reflect the recession. It certainly reflects an increase in the age of residents in this county. The baby boom echo is receding and California’s tax and regulatory structure is no country for the young and upwardly mobile.
The only question remains is how can the high school district charge a school impact fee on new construction when the school is not impacted and the voters passed a bond measure to cover improvements?