Hires investigator to probe allegations of wrongdoing
A compromised search for a new superintendent has forced Madera Unified School District back to square one in its efforts to replace former superintendent Gustavo Balderas. The school board has decided to begin all over again after reaching the point of almost naming the successful candidate.
The district had been following a timeline, which included a nationwide search by Wendell L. Chun, head of Education Leadership Services, but when trustee Lynn Cogdill publicly accused board president Ricardo Arredondo on Feb. 12, of attempting to make an improper deal in the vote for the new superintendent, the process came to a screeching halt.
The board held a special meeting Tuesday night and met in executive session for three and a half hours. When trustees returned to the public session at 8:30 p.m., they announced their decision to halt the tainted process.
When contacted by The Madera Tribune, Interim Superintendent Anthony Monreal said he would remain at the helm to the end of the present school year...