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Arroyo Grande High School principal Conan Bowers is resigning

Arroyo Grande High Principal Conan Bowers has resigned. The Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Trustees will announces his permanent replacement Tuesday night.
Arroyo Grande High Principal Conan Bowers has resigned. The Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Trustees will announces his permanent replacement Tuesday night. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Arroyo Grande High School Principal Conan Bowers is leaving the high school after four years.

Bowers announced his resignation to his staff last week, district spokeswoman Amy Jacobs said, adding he “is returning to the classroom to re-energize himself and to spend more time with family.”

This upcoming school year, Bowers will move to Dorothea Lange Elementary in Nipomo as a classroom teacher.

The Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday night to announce his permanent replacement.

“Mr. Bowers has made a significant impact on Arroyo Grande High School,” District Superintendent Raynee Daley said Monday. “He has been a champion of programs that directly benefit students, whether that is in the realm of hands-on learning, school supplies, social-emotional support, clothing and all kinds of other services.”

In January, Bowers and the district were named in a civil lawsuit that claimed Arroyo Grande High School administrators, including Bowers, ignored complaints that a home economics teacher had an inappropriate relationship with a minor, which led to another relationship with a 16-year-old student. The current status of that lawsuit was not available Monday.

When asked if the lawsuit had anything to do with Bowers’ sudden resignation, Jacobs reiterated that his resignation letter lists his reasons as a desire to re-energize and spend more time with family.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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