Merced area administrator gets similar post in Monterey area

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comOctober 31, 2013 

— Craig Chavez, who has spent his entire educational career with Merced area school districts, is moving on to the Northern Monterey County Unified School District.

Chavez will become the assistant superintendent for human resources of the Moss Landing-based school district. Since July, he has been the interim assistant superintendent for human resources with the Merced Union High School District and was Golden Valley High School’s principal for four years.

“This is a big step for me,” Chavez said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s an exciting area of the state.”

Chavez, 42, was born and raised in Merced and graduated from Merced High School in 1989. He received his bachelor’s and masters degrees in education from UCLA and his administrative credential from California State University, Sacramento. He started teaching in 1998, working four years in the Merced City School District – two years as a third-grade teacher at Peterson Elementary School and two years as a seventh-grade math teacher at Cruickshank Middle School.

With the high school district, he taught math for one year at Golden Valley High School. He was a vice principal for five years at Atwater High School and half a year at Livingston High School. He was an associate principal at Golden Valley for 2½ years before becoming principal there six years ago.

Before being named the interim assistant superintendent, Chavez was the district’s executive director for educational services and options.

Scott Scambray, district superintendent, said Chavez did a fantastic job in his current role and as principal and executive director. District administrators are discussing how they will fill his position. His last day here is Nov. 15.

“It is a big loss for the district,” Scambray said. “I hate to lose him.”

Chavez said the Northern Monterey Unified School District has about 4,000 students enrolled in kindergarten through high school, with schools in Castroville, Prunedale, Salinas and Moss Landing.

Sun-Star staff writer Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or

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