posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:06 PM by Laverne Buckman
Jack O'Connell previews book by Mrs. Metzgar - photo courtesy of Mary Strobridge
Jack O'Connell, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel on Tuesday, May 27. He is pictured above holding the "Monarch's Call" book written by teacher, Peggy Metzgar.
Superintendent O'Connell came to meet and talk with the
students and staff. He is very concerned about the State budget cuts
affecting the programs and resources that students need to be
successful. The class size reduction bill was originally written by
him and he would like to see it be expanded rather than reduced.
O'Connell had an opportunity to take a short tour of the campus,
including the gym. He was very impressed by the school site.
Superintendent O'Connell was accompanied on his visit by Mary Strobridge of the San Miguel Teachers Association/CTA State Council, Gayle Bilek from the Templeton Teachers Association/CTA State Council as well as his assistant and security personnel. - submitted by Mary Strobridge
has New Website
|The San Miguel Advisory Council (SMAC) announced the launch of their new website
with the goal of keeping the community informed. The website will post
monthly agendas and minutes as well as links to current development
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 25th
at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the
opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those
attending starting at 6 pm. Seven people are vying for 6 positions; 4
board positions for 2 year terms and 2 alternates. Incumbents Tom
Banish, Betty Cazaly, Denis Degher and Scott Young will run with new
contenders Gary Davis, Jean Hoffmann and Debra Lewis.
Voters must be registered within the "area of influence" map for the Advisory Council with voting to be monitored by the League of Women Voters on election day.
Complete election details can be found at the website at www.SanMiguelAdvisoryCouncil.com.
San Miguel Pool Opens
A diver is pictured in mid air at the San Miguel Pool
San Miguel swimming pool is open on weekends. San Miguel Lions have
worked with community support to provide free swimming for San Miguel
kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
The pool will be open weekends from now until September
1st from noon to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through
Fridays from 1 to 4 pm.
Swimming lessons will be offered in three sessions for $40
per person. Scholarships for beginners is available through the Lions
Session I: June 24th to July 3rd with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session II: July 15th to July 25th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session III: Adults only! August 5th to August 15th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics
Coordinator at 805-781-2460 or SLO County Parks at 805-781-5930.
Saving the Irreplaceable
Mission photos courtesy of Don LaValle
long last Mission San Miguel is showing visible signs of progress on
the church sanctuary! Scaffolding went up around the 40 foot high
building that has been closed since the earthquake in late 2003. Workers
have removed the exterior white plaster to start the repair process to
the adobe walls.
The renovated gift shop welcomes visitors to see a posted
story board of photos showing the restoration progress. The gift shop
includes a wonderful selection of books, collectibles, music and gifts
that benefit the Mission. See hours of operation by visiting the Churches page.
Artwork inside Mission San Miguel waits for preservation work
analysis of the interior artwork was done in March finding that all of
the pigments for the murals are iron based and not plant pigments. The
colors are in very good condition. Three bullet holes were found in the
church wall with one actual bullet still embedded in the adobe, proving
the church has had a colorful history!
Roughly three million dollars still must be raised to
finish the restoration at Mission San Miguel per project manager John
Fowler. A concerted effort by numerous groups continues to work
diligently to find the funding.
To donate directly to the Mission Restoration Project send your tax deductible check to:
Friends of Mission San Miguel
P.O. Box 69
San Miguel CA 93451
Outstanding Citizen Award
Pictured L to R is Steve Kalar, Meg Brooks and Ann Granados
was awarded the "Outstanding Citizen" Award by the San Miguel Teachers
Association. The awards dinner was held at the Madonna Inn in San Luis
Obispo. Steve was recognized for his tireless work for the community of
San Miguel, and more specifically, the students in the San Miguel Joint
Union School District.
spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a
renowned artist. Some of his artwork is on display in the Museum of the
House of Dante. As you might imagine, Steve is an incredibly busy
man. Besides his art, Steve lectures in European Universities,
specializing in Renaissance art.
When Steve is here at home in San Miguel he makes time to be the chairman of The San Miguel Resource Connection, and The Masters at Their Trade
program. Though these two organizations, Steve gives back to his
community. Through his efforts and organization, students experience
“the Arts” above and beyond the classroom instruction. Students
participate in piano keyboarding, choral music- “The Melodies," and a
beginning and advanced ASL (American Sign Language) class called
“Cantemanos” or the singing hands. Students also have instruction in
guitars and drums, and poetry writing. - submitted by Ann Granados