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MUHSD Board Fills Seat Vacancy

John Sweigard swearing in
John Sweigard with Board
John Sweigard and Supt. Peterson

The Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) Board of Trustees appointed Merced Irrigation District General Manager John Sweigard to the vacant Trustee Area 4 seat of the Governing Board at a Special Board Meeting held Monday. The position was recently vacated when John Medearis resigned last month.

Sweigard was one of four candidates who went through the interview process, which was open to the public. Rather than hold a costly special election, the Board opted to go with an appointment to fill out the remainder of the term which runs through December of 2020.

A 33-year resident of the Merced-Atwater area, Sweigard has had three children attend and graduate from the district. Sweigard believes that, while he doesn't have a background in education, his experience on other boards and committees makes him a valuable asset to MUHSD’s Board of Trustees.

“One thing I’ve learned as a board member myself for other organizations is that an outside perspective can be very helpful,” said Sweigard. “Education is not an area of expertise for me, but I’m up for the challenge and look forward to getting to work.”

Sweigard was officially sworn in after the special meeting and will be on the dais at the next regular board meeting in December.