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Greg Merwin, principal at George White Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, has been appointed as the first principal at the Capistrano Unified School District’s new K-8 school in Rancho Mission Viejo.

Merwin’s appointment was approved by the school board on Wednesday, April 23. He has served as principal at George White for two years and previously served as principal at Robert M. Pyles and Dr. Albert Schweitzer schools in the Magnolia School District in Anaheim.

The new school, which will be built in the second village of Rancho Mission Viejo, Esencia, is scheduled to open in 2016 and will serve 1,200-1,600 students. District officials are still considering the name of the school.

The school board also approved four new appointments: Paul Kraft as principal at Del Obispo Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano; Stephen Nicholas as the district’s new chief communications officer; Ryan Carter as director of construction; and Aja McKee as autism specialist.

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