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San Miguel

The San Miguel Joint Union School District Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dean Smith.Only limited information regarding Smith’s departure has been released.

The details of the agreement — including the actions leading up to it and the details about his pay — are confidential, school board president Meg Brooks said.

The Tribune is filing a Public Records Act request for the information.

Marshall Dennis, longtime vice principal at Lillian Larsen School, is now serving as interim superintendent and principal.

Dennis has been with the district for 25 years, he said. He’s worked as a teacher and, for the last five years, was principal of Cappy Culver Elementary.

San Miguel Joint Union serves about 550 students at Lillian Larsen’s kindergarten-through-eighth-grade classes and Cappy Culver’s kindergarten-through-sixth-grade classes.

The board hasn’t begun its discussion on the search for a permanent superintendent yet, Brooks said.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

Audiences heaped praise on edgy documentaries and thoughtful feature films this weekend at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

The audience award for best narrative feature went to “Patrik 1.5,” a Swedish film about a gay couple who accidentally adopt a sullen, homophobic teenager.

“The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club” won the audience award for best documentary feature for its portrayal of the fearless female flyer.

“Miracle in a Box,” about the making of a grand piano, took audience honors for best short film.

The coveted “Best in the Fest” prize went to Oscar nominee “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” Ellsberg and co-director Judith Ehrlich attended the festival on Friday.

In the festival’s George Sidney Independent Film Competition, awards went to the narrative feature “Bomber,” the documentary “Tibet in Song” and the short film “Andheri.”

— Sarah Linn

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