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School Trustees Appoint Acting Leader After Central Superintendent’s Arrest



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The Central Unified School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Assistant Superintendent of Education Services Ketti Davis as acting superintendent.

Superintendent Andy Alvarado was put on paid leave after his June 3 arrest on suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant. The victim was not identified by police.

Avarado’s annual salary is $215,373.

In addition to placing him on leave, the district also launched an internal administrative investigation.

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp passed any possible prosecution on the case to the Madera County District Attorney after declaring a conflict of interest because of personal and professional relationships.

Alvarado released a statement earlier this month saying he is confident the criminal charge will be dropped and he will be reinstated to his position.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email