PICO RIVERA : School District Picks New Superintendent

El Rancho Unified school officials have selected a school superintendent in San Diego County to head the district, filling a vacancy that has been open for almost a year.

The school board last week voted unanimously to hire James Waters, 57, who has headed the Santee district in San Diego County as well as the Lawndale School District. Waters, who is expected to assume his new job Feb. 14, has been given a three-year contract with a salary of $115,000 a year.

Waters is the El Rancho district's fifth superintendent in five years. He succeeds John T. Sherman, who left in February after the board decided to terminate his contract. Deputy Supt. Anne Eichman has been the acting superintendent in the interim.

Waters has headed the 8,200-student Santee school district, which serves a suburban community northeast of San Diego, for three years. Before that, he worked for seven years as superintendent for the Lawndale district. He also taught in Compton, where he was born. The 10,700-student El Rancho district serves Pico Rivera.

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