Brandi Swearengin, currently a principal at shafter school, will replace Kathy Orrin.

The board approved the appointment of Brandi Swearengin as the new principal at Lincoln Junior High to replace Dr. Kathy Orrin, who is retiring.

Swearengin currently is principal of Golden Oak Elementary School in Shafter.  It is a K-6 school.

She previously was a school administrator at Stagg High School in Stockton.

The board also ratified the employment of Julie Stovall as a new special education teacher.

Hiring of two new math and a new science teachers was on the agenda, but Bryant said those items were pulled when the top candidates accepted high school teaching positions.

“It’s really difficult to find qualified math and science teachers for junior high,” he said.  “There’s a real shortage.”