OUSD Hires Ernest Gonzalez as Superintendent

The Orange Unified School District has promoted its acting superintendent to the permanent role.

Ernest “Ernie” Gonzalez was named Superintendent of OUSD on Aug. 17, capping off an eight-month drama over district leadership.

OUSD’s last superintendent, Gunn Marie Hansen, was abruptly fired in January, upsetting many in the district. Edward Velasquez was hired as an interim replacement. He soon quit and was replaced by Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has worked for OUSD for the past decade, having served as executive director and assistant superintendent. Before that, he was principal of Orange High School. He is the first Latino to ever head OUSD schools.

“We are pleased to appoint Gonzalez in this role,” said OUSD Board President Rick Ledesma. “Congratulations to him, and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”

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