Superintendent skips class to spend time with teenage girlfriend

February 1, 2010

BY KAREN VELIE

Last week, taxpayers paid for the San Miguel Joint Union School District superintendent to attend a symposium in Monterey. However, Supt. Dean Smith apparently skipped some of the meetings to spend time with a teenager with whom he is allegedly having an affair.

Smith, a former pastor, recently left his wife of more than 30 years for “Anne” (not her real name), a young woman he began “mentoring” while she was in the sixth grade.

According to eyewitnesses, on Jan. 28, the second day of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Superintendents’ Symposium, Smith ducked out after less than a half hour of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell’s speech to spend time with “Anne.”

Smith however did make it in back to the Marriott Hotel in time for the symposium cocktail hour with his 18-year-old date in tow.

“ACSA’s Superintendents’ Symposium is a must for all California superintendents,” the ACSA’s website says. “It is one of the only opportunities for superintendents to come together, share ideas, network and engage in world-class professional learning. The program is a balance of workshops and interactive sessions focusing on the hot topics facing the superintendency, including leadership, legislation, legal issues, budget, diversity and accountability.”

Smith, 55, recently informed several parents with children in San Miguel elementary schools that he is not in a romantic relationship with “Anne.” He added that he has spent time “mentoring” the girl because of a problematic home life.

However, several different sources have witnessed Smith and “Anne” acting physically affectionate in public and some have even snapped photographs to verify their claims. In some, Smith is walking hand-in-hand with her through the Wal-Mart in Paso Robles. A few days later, Smith and “Anne” were spotted embracing in a public place.

Prior to the woman’s 18th birthday last spring, Templeton school officials took their concerns about the relationship to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department after a school employee witnessed Smith picking “Anne” up from Templeton High School.

Although the resulting investigation found no illegal activity, some board members and law enforcement officials have wondered if Sheriff’s Deputy Clinton Cole informed Smith of the pending investigation. Just hours after the first report had been made to the sheriff’s department, Smith began asking school officials why they had made the report.

Cole, the officer assigned to the San Miguel Joint Union School District beat, has denied he is a close friend of Smith. Despite that, sources report that the pair regularly spend their lunch hours together and have also been seen socializing after school.

Smith, then principal of Templeton Middle School, first met and began spending time with “Anne” when she was in sixth grade in about 2003. One teacher described how Smith would ask her to treat the girl differently than the other students.

“He was very protective of her,” the teacher, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job, said. “He said she came from a troubled home.”

San Miguel Joint Union School District board officials have hired an investigator who is looking into the allegations that Smith has had an inappropriate relationship with the former student. On Feb. 11, the school board is slated to discuss the issue in closed session.


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41 Comments

  1. liberalgirl says:

    Hmmmmm, when I used to pick my kids up at Templeton Middle School when he was principal there, he seemed to always be in the picnic table area surrounded by several girls, some of which would be hanging on him. I thought it was creepy and perverted at the time, I guess my fellings have now been validated.

    When I first heard about these allegations, I asked my son about it and what he knew. He said, “Oh yeah, everyone knows about it. He is hanging out with ________ and has been for a long time. I heard they have sex too.”

    Fire the creep. This behavior is way past disgusting.

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  2. tyler in slo says:

    Why is it that this story has not been picked up by KSBY, Tribune or other local news sources? I have read many of these responses, yet I find NOTHING about this anywhere else. Anyone have any input of why this would be?

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    • rdyer says:

      With all due respect to Karen, most news organizations use substantiated sources for their news stories. Sorry, but this story sounds like fodder for the donut shop gossip club. Perhaps something inappropriate occured here; if so, as one poster pointed out, the mandated reporters at the school will be subject to criminal charges also.

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    • Lilylu says:

      I too cannot understand why no other news agency has picked up this story. This man is now relieved of his duties! That is not unsubstantiated. The TRIB has a story about a teacher in North Carolina who has been suspended because of inappropriate Facebook postings, yet nothing about a local superintendent relieved from his duties for dating an ex student…..I just don’t understand.

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    • seriously_questionmark says:

      This is not being picked up by real news sources because this is NOT NEWS, it’s gossip.

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  3. Lukenelson says:

    Why do all the perves seem to be Pastors,Deacons or Presidents?

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  4. walk the talk says:

    I heard Lolita has been pulled from the school library.

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    • tyler in slo says:

      Which library is this Lolita pulled from?

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  5. cheseburger says:

    Ever wonder how people in a powerful position and people of wealth get away with the strangest things? Example Gearhart, it is a great shame that no charges were brought against Smith.

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