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MUSD may have dodged bullet in its superintendent search

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Monterey district discovered favored candidate is named in embarrassing lawsuit; he likely was recommended here, too

One of the top contenders for the job of Superintendent of Madera Unified School District, according to knowledgeable sources close to the school board, came to Madera for his interview in March carrying a lot of closely held baggage. Many of the board members — if not all — were unaware that Alain Guevara, assistant superintendent for instructional support services at Lake Elsinore Unified School District, was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit in Riverside County.

When Madera trustees encountered severe internal dissention over the superintendent search, they decided to start the process anew, and Guevara moved on to apply for the superintendency of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. He got that job, but before he could sign his contract, his legal troubles in Riverside County caught up with him in Monterey County.

According to The Monterey County Herald, angry community members, citing Guevara’s lawsuit, packed the Monterey meeting hall April 22 to protest Guevara’s hiring. For four hours the contention continued, and finally the board tabled the appointment, and the board president resigned, while Guevara sat in the audience.

On Saturday, Guevara notified the Monterey board president by letter that he was no longer available for the job...


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