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Arroyo Grande High School’s new principal is longtime district administrator

Dan Neff, holds a signed photo that Central Coast New Tech students gave him at the senior graduation in 2016.
Dan Neff, holds a signed photo that Central Coast New Tech students gave him at the senior graduation in 2016. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

The Lucia Mar Unified School District has chosen Dan Neff as the new Arroyo Grande High School principal. He will replace former principal Conan Bowers, who is moving back to the classroom at Dorothea Lange Elementary School.

The board approved Neff’s contract at its meeting Tuesday.

According to Superintendent Raynee Daley, Neff “is a natural fit for Arroyo Grande High School. He is a strong leader who works with well others to accentuate the strengths and make improvements as needed.”

Neff was previously the district’s Executive Director of 21st Century Learning. Prior to that, he was the founding principal of Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo, which opened in 2012, principal at Branch Elementary School and assistant principal at Judkins Middle School.

He also graduated from the high school in 1995.

“As a coach, teacher and administrator, I firmly believe all students can achieve when they are provided opportunities and are engaged in the process,” Neff said in a district news release. “Arroyo Grande High School has and continues to provide its students with a tremendous amount of academic and extracurricular opportunities to advance themselves. This is evident in the great things our students do each and every day. I am excited to once again be part of this invigorating environment.”

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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