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New superintendents take posts in Merced County districts

McSwain Union and Gustine Unified districts are set to welcome new superintendents in July, the Merced County Office of Education reported Monday.
McSwain Union and Gustine Unified districts are set to welcome new superintendents in July, the Merced County Office of Education reported Monday. Merced Sun-Star file

Three Merced County school districts are set to welcome new superintendents in July, the Merced County Office of Education reported Monday.

McSwain Union, Gustine Unified and Merced River districts all will get new superintendents. The Merced Union High School District governing board will hire an interim superintendent while it searches for full-time candidates, MCOE said.

The McSwain Union School District’s new superintendent will be Helio Brasil, replacing Stan Mollart, who retired after leading the district for 16 years. Brasil, 45, has been the superintendent at Merced River School District for 14 years. He also has been a principal and vice principal at various schools.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” Brasil said in a statement. “It will be a challenge. Merced River has been incredibly good to me and afforded me the know-how to apply to a larger school district.”

Richard Lopez, the principal at Planada Elementary School, will move up to replace Brasil as superintendent at Merced River.

Out of 36 applicants, Bill Morones, 54, was chosen to be the new superintendent at Gustine Unified School District, officials confirmed.

He began in his new post July 1, replacing Ron Estes, who will move on to become director of facilities at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Morones, who is from Concord, has been a school-support administrator for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for five years. He has more than 25 years of experience in education, including being a principal and teaching at multiple grade levels.

Scott Scambray, the superintendent at Merced Union High School District, will leave to become superintendent of Fullerton Joint Union High School District.

Dave Honey, president of the Merced Union district’s governing board, said the board will hire an interim superintendent and begin the process to hire a permanent replacement, which he expects to take about six months.

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