SLO County Roundup


Applications for a new superintendent at Templeton Unified School District are being reviewed this week by the district’s board.

The board is expected in January to set up appointments to interview the top candidates. The district has received 38 applications for the position.

Jean Burns Slater is the district’s interim superintendent for the 2010-11 school year.

Slater stepped in July 1 after former Superintendent Deborah Bowers stepped down in late June.

The school district oversees Templeton Elementary School, with approximately 420 students in kindergarten through second grade; Vineyard Elementary, with about 450 students in grades three through five;

Templeton Middle School with approximately 525 students in grades six through eight; and Templeton High School with about 800 students in grades nine through 12.

It also has alternative education programs in Eagle Canyon Continuation High School, Templeton Adult School, Templeton Independent Study Program and Home School, an independent study program for grades kindergarten through eight.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

Par Ridder, publisher of The Tribune from 2001 to March 2004 and a former San Luis Obispo resident, has been named branch president of the Chicago division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., effective immediately.

He will be responsible for more than 11,000 billboard displays in the Chicago area, the company said Thursday in a news release.

Rod Firestone, Midwest group president for Clear Channel, called Ridder a “proven manager and strategic thinker’’ who will bring strong leadership skills and customer focus to the job.

Ridder, 42, said in a statement that the outdoor industry has a growth profile that’s hard to beat.

Clear Channel is the world’s largest outdoor advertising company.

Ridder left The Tribune to become publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, then in 2007 became publisher of its rival, the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press accused him of misusing proprietary information. A judge agreed in September 2007, ordering him to leave his publisher’s job at the Star Tribune for a year.

He never returned. Ridder had testified that he took information with him from the Pioneer Press to the Star Tribune, but said he never used it for competitive advantage.

— Tribune staff report

SLO County

Local homeless shelters will provide warming stations on cold, rainy nights this winter.

In Atascadero, El Camino Homeless Organization will open a second drop-in shelter every rainy night at 6370 Atascadero Avenue, in the First Baptist Church building by the high school football stadium. The homeless should arrive for a free dinner at 5 p.m.

In San Luis Obispo, the Prado Day Center will provide a warming station if it is both raining and under 30 degrees. The center is at 43 Prado Road, and plans to have the warming station available today through Sunday and possibly longer. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

— Tribune staff report