Brescia to serve as interim chief of Paso Robles schools

Jim Brescia, superintendent of the Cayucos Elementary District, will temporarily replace retiring superintendent Kathy McNamara as the head of the Paso Robles school district.

Brescia, who is running unopposed for County Superintendent of Schools, will begin serving as interim superintendent for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District at the end of June, just before McNamara retires.

Meanwhile, the school board will continue to seek a permanent replacement for McNamara, who has been superintendent since 2007.

Because Brescia is the only candidate seeking to replace outgoing county schools superintendent Julian Crocker, he will win the election for that vacancy next month. But his job as head of the county education department won’t begin until January, when Crocker steps down.

Brescia began his education career 28 years ago in San Diego. He has been a teacher in Paso Robles and a principal at Saint Rose Catholic School in Paso Robles. He has also been a clinical education faculty member at Cal Poly’s School of Education.

He received his bachelor's degree and teaching credentials from UC San Diego; completed an administrative services credential at Cal Poly; a doctorate at UCSB; and an additional graduate degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills.