SLO County Roundup


Templeton school district trustees voted unanimously last week to hire the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education to perform a search for Superintendent Deborah Bowers’ replacement.

Bowers’ last day is June 30. She announced her resignation at the beginning of May after joining the district 11 years ago. She has served as superintendent for four years.

The district on Tuesday voted to pay the county $5,500 plus travel expenses.

The process will likely last through the rest of the year, with the board hoping to identify a candidate in February, said Cheryl Parks, executive assistant to the superintendent.

The process was lengthened because two board members seats are up for election in November and trustees indicated they wanted to wait so those board members can participate in selecting the new superintendent.

The county Office of Education will also provide the district with some names of people who could serve as an interim superintendent starting in July.

— Cynthia Lambert

Cal Poly

The university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an organization that provides noncredit classes for older learners, will be administered through the Robert E. Kennedy Library starting this fall. Cal Poly officials chose to keep the program viable by moving it from the oversight of the Continuing Education department at Cal Poly, where it had no dedicated staff member, to the library — where the program will be able to grow under the direction of program director Doris Derelian, a professor with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Derelian said the library is refurbishing some rooms in which to provide classes, and is planning to expand offerings by providing courses during the summer and in sites throughout the county.

Derelian said she hopes to double institute membership from 200 to at least 400. She is enlisting Cal Poly professors to teach classes, in addition to volunteer experts from the local community.

There are Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at 119 colleges and universities nationwide. Classes begin this fall.

For details or to sign up, call 756-7635.

— Julia Hickey

SLO County

The Bureau of Land Management is looking for applicants for three positions on its Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee.

The nine-member committee advises the agency on resource management issues within the monument located in the southeastern corner of the county. The deadline to apply is June 23.

The seats open on the committee are two public-at-large positions and a San Luis Obispo County government position. The appointments are for three years.

For more information, call Monument Manager Johna Hurl at 661-391-6093.

— David Sneed

Arroyo Grande

A dinner and silent auction scheduled for Tuesday will raise money to pay for ongoing treatment and medical expenses for a 5-year-old South County boy.

Shell Beach Elementary kindergartner Will Glei is battling acute lyphoblastic leukemia. Round Table Pizza in Arroyo Grande is hosting the dinner; 25 percent of proceeds between 5 and 9 p.m. will be given to Glei’s family.

Coupons can also be picked up at Round Table for a $5 discount on a large, extra large or party-sized pizza for just a $1 donation toward Glei’s medical expenses.

Silent auction items are still needed and can be donated by calling Jeannie Pleasant at 503-8983.

Round Table Pizza in Arroyo Grande is located at 1412 E. Grand Ave.

— Cynthia Lambert