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Eric Duncan

Seven new principals have been assigned to Manteca Unified elementary schools.

The new principals are Debbie Doyle, New Haven;  Melissa Beattie, Golden West; Chris Chilles, MUSD Online Academy; Michael Cowan, Veritas; and  Anita Tillotson, Lathrop Elementary.

Interim principals that have been assigned are Heather Thomson at Walter Woodward and Karen Corchero at George McParland.

The school board accepted the new group of principals Tuesday during the same meeting that board members elected in the November election were sworn-in and new board officers selected.

Eric Duncan, who represents Area 1 which is primarily Weston Ranch, was sworn in for a second term.

 Also being sworn in was Area 3 trustee Melanie Greene representing a large swath of eastern and northwestern Manteca as well as trustee Marisella C. Guerrero of Area 7 that covers west Manteca and Lathrop.

Duncan was elected by his fellow trustees as board president, Stephen Schluer, vice president; and Cathy Pope-Gottschall