May 11-21, 2023

Vol. 24, No. 11

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is on its fourth principal in five years. That principal, Michael Niehoff, recently announced that he was planning to resign at the end of the school year—his first and only with the high school. His reason? Those outside of the school have made it hard to focus on education and students. “Community members were bringing division,” Niehoff told the Sun. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor speaks with him and others in the school district, as well as a parent, about why he’s leaving and the community, school, and students [8].
This week, you can also read about the temporary housing project moving forward in Santa Maria [4]; an artistic homage to the Sedgwick Reserve [26]; and the optik wines pop-up tasting room in Los Olivos [29].

The price of politics

Community outrage drove Santa Ynez High School’s principal to resign

By Taylor O'Connor



Music, Arts & Culture

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