SLO County Roundup

South County

The Lucia Mar school district will hold a “transitions workshop” Wednesday for employees facing a layoff.

Presentations will be given by representatives from the Employment Development Department, Social Services, SISC Insurance (about COBRA benefits) and Shoreline Employment Resource Center, among others.

Employee attendance is voluntary; information from the workshop will be posted on the Lucia Mar Human Resources Web site (go to www.luciamar.k12.ca.us, click “departments” and then “Human Resources.”)

The workshop will run from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Georgie O’Connor Boardroom, 602-G Orchard St. in Arroyo Grande.

Lucia Mar district officials have distributed 83 notices to cut 71.9 teaching, counseling and other positions.

With more than 10,700 students, Lucia Mar is the largest district in the county, and faces a $5 million cut from its $52 million budget next year.

— Cynthia Lambert

Cal Poly

President Warren J. Baker will serve as this year’s Poly Royal Parade Grand Marshal.

The public is invited to Saturday’s parade as part of the university’s 17th annual Open House.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Grand Avenue and Perimeter Road. Seating is available along the parade route.

Baker, who has led Cal Poly since 1979, announced his plans to retire in December. During his tenure, Cal Poly has introduced 20 new undergraduate majors and 15 new master’s degree programs, and added nearly $1 billion in new facilities.

Open House showcases Cal Poly’s “learn-by-doing” programs. The community is invited to take part in the weekend’s events Thursday through Saturday.

Activities following the parade will include a kids’ zone, live music, the Cal Poly Tractor Pull and the Cal Poly Rodeo. For more information, visit the Web site orientation.calpoly.edu/openhouse or call Jason Mockford at 756-2477 or e-mail jmockfor@calpoly.edu. — Nick Wilson