Several new faces will greet students at schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District this fall.
Leadership changes at San Luis Obispo High, Los Osos Middle and C.L. Smith Elementary schools were recently announced by Superintendent Eric Prater.
Leslie O’Connor will serve as the new principal at San Luis Obispo High School, following the retirement of longtime principal Will Jones.
O’Connor, originally from Northern Ireland, previously worked in Kern County, where he taught Advanced Placement history, civics and English and was most recently a director of categorical programs. He also led the high school soccer team to 14 CIF championships in 18 seasons.
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Another new face at the high school, but not new to the district, is assistant principal Julie Mamo-Beckius. She was previously assistant principal at Los Osos Middle School and has been with the school district for more than 20 years.
She takes the place of Kyle Pruitt, who was promoted to principal of Los Osos Middle School.
Pruitt replaces Terry Elfranke, who retired after 35 years with the district. Before his post as dean of students at San Luis Obispo High School, Pruitt was assistant principal at Morro Bay High School. Both Pruitt’s father and father-in-law once served as principals at Los Osos Middle School.
A newcomer to the district, Dan Perverini has been named principal of C.L. Smith Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. Perverini was previously principal at Shandon Elementary and director of special education for that district. The former principal of C.L. Smith Elementary, Amy Shields, is now director of curriculum for elementary grades.
Morro Bay High School’s new dean of students will be Aaron Black. A Cal Poly graduate, Black previously worked as a high school administrator near Fresno.
San Luis Coastal is in the process of filling two additional positions: a dean at San Luis Obispo High School and an assistant principal for Los Osos Middle School.
The district serves about 7,000 students in 15 schools spanning from Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo. It is the second largest school district in the county.
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