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January 24, 2022

Kiwanis Moves Skypark Show to Siltanen Park

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On Monday, Scotts Valley began re-opening Skypark, the large grassy field at the center of the city’s recreational life, after it was damaged by firefighters battling last year’s wildfires. But its new lease on life didn’t come soon enough for the Kiwanis Club of Scotts...

Investigator: SLV Teacher ‘Engaged in Predatory Grooming’

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When Leann Anderson was a senior at San Lorenzo Valley High School, during the 2018-19 school year, physical contact she says she received from social studies teacher Eric Kahl started to cross a line. He would take her away from her schoolwork to have conversations...

Cabrillo College’s Name Change Discussions Set for This Month

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Cabrillo College is planning to host a series of 90-minute community discussions in September and October as college officials weigh changing the school’s name. The first three sessions are scheduled for Sept. 21, 23 and 30. All three will be conducted via Zoom. Cabrillo wrapped up...

More Than Half of SLVUSD Students Have Fallen Behind in Some Subjects

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As the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District community looks ahead to exciting infrastructure upgrades, it is simultaneously battling severe Covid-19 learning loss. Trustees got both positive and negative news during the regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Chris Schiermeyer said the district’s “final expenditures” for...

Educator at Heart of SLVUSD Allegations Resigns

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During a closed session meeting on Tuesday, the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District agreed to let one of the educators being investigated for sexual misconduct—Teacher 178—resign. Mark Becker, the SLVUSD Board Clerk, made a motion that was seconded by Trustee Grace Pollak to accept...

Longtime SLVHS Educator Rob Lahey Dies

Rob Lahey
The San Lorenzo Valley lost a titan of teaching on Sept. 2. Rob Lahey, a beloved math teacher and member of the San Lorenzo Valley community, died of cancer. He was 55 years old. Lahey began his career in education teaching math at SLV Middle...

SLVUSD Parents Enrolled Fewer Kindergartners Than Expected

On the first day of school in the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District this year, total enrollment stood at around 50 students below what was projected. “I’m not overly alarmed at this point,” said Superintendent Christopher Schiermeyer. “We have some families we’re still following...

Local schools require masks indoors

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As Tanya Krause, the superintendent of Scotts Valley Unified School District, prepared her welcome letter for parents, she began how she might have in any other year: “We are pleased and excited to start school with students on campus, Wednesday, August 11, for full-time,...

Former SLVUSD teacher won’t have to register as sex offender after guilty plea

Michael Henderson
A former San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District middle and high school teacher who was accused of abusing a 10-year-old girl during private after-school lessons pleaded guilty to a felony assault count in Santa Cruz County Superior Court Wednesday. Judge Paul Burdick ordered Michael Henderson...

SLVUSD board appoints new superintendent

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Get ready, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. A new superintendent has been selected, and he’s ready to lead the district to great heights. On June 9, after 24 years with the district, including stints as a teacher, school site principal, director of secondary education,...

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As Build Back Better Plan Stalls, Scotts Valley Digs Into Piggy...

It was like music to the ears of Scotts Valley politicians, last summer, when Democrats announced they’d be setting $1.4 million aside to replace...