SLO County Roundup


Jean Burns Slater has been selected as the interim superintendent of schools for the Templeton Unified School District for the 2010-2011 school year.

Slater will start July 1 and serve while the district searches for a permanent replacement.

Superintendent Deborah Bowers announced her resignation in May. Her last day is June 30.

Slater retired in 2006 after serving for three and a half years as Superintendent of the San Benito Union High School District in Hollister.

Previously, she had served as associate superintendent for secondary education in the San Rafael City School District in Marin County, and before that in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District for 24 years as a principal, assistant principal and teacher.

Slater earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, a master’s degree from Cal Poly and a doctorate from USC.

— AnnMarie Cornejo


A 21-year-old man was arrested Thursday after allegedly going down a slide and talking to young girls at a Nipomo playground.

An off-duty Cal Fire employee became suspicious when he saw a man on the playground near Dana Elementary School at 6:21 p.m. Thursday, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The man was wearing a backpack with a teddy bear motif.

Deputies checked the area and found Christopher Tietjen near Tefft and Magenta. Witnesses say he was the man seen in the playground area talking to the girls, who were between the ages of 1 and 5.

A records check showed Tietjen was on probation from a previous similar offense and is not supposed to associate with children, police said.

Tietjen was booked at County Jail on suspicion of annoying children under 18 years of age. He remained there as of Friday morning in lieu of $100,000 bail.

— Tribune staff report

San Luis Obispo

The Railroad Safety Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail, which links Cal Poly with downtown, is now complete.

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo donated $50,000 to the city of San Luis Obispo to help build what was nicknamed the “missing link” section of the city’s trail. An additional $35,000 was raised by the community to finish the project.

The 500-foot portion of trail connects the border of Cal Poly to Foothill Boulevard along California Boulevard.

— AnnMarie Cornejo