The Huntington Beach City School District board meeting recently voted to close an elementary school this summer, oust most transfer students and lay off 29 teachers. Losing a yet-to-be-determined school next fall will lead to new school boundaries, with some children assigned to schools they don’t currently attend.
The district faces a projected $6.8 million deficit, partly due to declining enrollment as families with young children settle inland where housing is more affordable. In August, attendance in the district will be down by about 500 interdistrict transfers. On top of that, HBCSD projects an annual loss of about 200 new students living within its boundaries.