After 6 years of retirement, Julia O’Kane, former superintendent of Madera Unified School District is returning temporarily to the post she held for eight years.
Acting on a request by the current interim superintendent, Anthony Monreal, that he be allowed to return to his duties as deputy superintendent, the board approved an agreement with O’Kane at its meeting Tuesday evening to replace Monreal as interim, beginning July 1.
After the unanimous approval of the agreement with O’Kane, board president Ricardo Arredondo turned to Monreal and said, “While you have performed the duties of interim superintendent, I don’t think that the work you have put into our district can be fully appreciated because there are such high expectations. I would like to thank you Dr. Monreal for the time and commitment you have put into our school district in the absence of a superintendent.”
O’Kane returns to the helm at a time when the district is dealing with several pressing issues. Negotiations with the teachers’ union have come to a standstill, and it is poised to take its members out on strike. The district is in the middle of its second search for a replacement for former superintendent Gustavo Balderas. Three members of the board are under investigation by the Madera County District Attorney for alleged misconduct in the first attempt to find a new superintendent...