Julian chief selected as interim superintendent for Del Mar school district

The Del Mar Union School District named James D. Peabody as interim superintendent in a special Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night at Del Mar School District office.

For the second time in approximately two years, the DMUSD is now on a quest to replace a sacked superintendent after the board of trustees voted 3-1 to fire Superintendent Sharon McClain on March 31 at a special meeting.

Peabody has more than 40 years of experience working in education. He is current superintendent of the Julian Union High School District. He served as assistant superintendent for the Grossmont Union High School District for 34 years and spent 10 years as a board member of the Alpine Union School District.

He also worked for 10 years in the San Diego County Office of Education as regional director of school support services.

“He brings a lot of valuable experience that will be very beneficial to our district,” said board president Comischell Rodiguez.

Peabody will split his time between Julian and Del Mar districts, focusing more on DMUSD, until the board finds a permanent superintendent to replace McClain.

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