Omar Bongo wrote:7 of those 13 schools are in the Santa Maria area.
Hey buddy, folks from Arroyo Grande and San Luis do not consider themselves in the "Santa Maria area." Persist in that foolishness and we will hit you over the head with a basket of strawberries and stick you in the butt with a rusty old clam fork that we keep around just in case the clams come back!
For the four
Santa Maria schools the distance from there to LA or Fresno is the same--but the time to travel that distance is definitely not the same. Add in the times they have to travel to Orange County or the IE, Fresno is looking closer. The number of places that the 101 gets backed up--and then any other traffic you get past the 101 makes the 41 and 46 look like the Autobahn!
The schools in SLO County are half and hour to an hour closer to Fresno. And Bakersfield, which has a good number of high schools, is even closer to Santa Maria.
This country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them.---JFK