SLO County Roundup

Grover Beach

An autopsy determined that an 85-year-old woman who was found dead in her home Tuesday died of natural causes, Grover Beach police said.

The woman was identified Wednesday as Wyona Kent, Grover Beach police Lt. John Peters said in a news release.

The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, he said.

Officers went to Kent’s home in the 200 block of Saratoga Avenue about 1:10 p.m. after a family member requested a welfare check and found Kent dead in a hallway inside the home.

The manner in which she was found was suspicious to the officers, who opened an investigation. Peters said Kent lived alone and that she was a long-time Grover Beach resident.

He declined to comment on what officers thought was suspicious about her death “out of respect for the family.”

Toxicology results are still pending, but officers have reclassified the investigation from suspicious to a natural death investigation, Peters said.

— Cynthia Lambert

Paso Robles

After agreeing to consider a proposed charter school, the Paso Robles school board will decide whether to formally approve the proposal Feb. 8.

During Tuesday’s board meeting, more than 150 supporters of the proposed K-8 school packed the board’s meeting room, where school board members voted to formally consider the 300-page petition.

After Tuesday’s vote, the board now has 30 days to analyze the proposal and vote for or against the technology-heavy school, which would eventually house 410 students from around the county.

The Paso Robles Cooperative Charter School, which will receive federal funds earmarked for charters, would open next fall. It would become the second charter school in the county and the first in the North County.

The proposal comes from a well-organized group of parents, educators and community members who wanted to build a school with more flexibility. While it would emphasize core curriculum, it would not be subject to the same rules as other elementary schools in the district and would be governed by its own leadership body. The Paso Robles Unified School District would still perform oversight.

The operating budget for the school’s first year is set for $1.3 million, though that figure would grow as the student body increases.

Eight teachers would be hired for the first year, but that number would also grow as enrollment increases.

— Patrick S. Pemberton