The Central Unified School Board voted Tuesday night to appoint one of the district’s members to the top superintendent position.
Ketti Davis, a former assistant superintendent who served as acting superintendent since last June, is the new superintendent.
Davis had a few tears at Tuesday’s meeting as she thanked the board for choosing her.
“I am humbled and honored to be given this position, to be named Superintendent of Central,” she said. “About 30 years ago I sat next to a teacher from Fresno State — trying not to be emotional — who told me I should go apply for a job and find a classroom in Madison. Elementary. And that’s where I started my career. So it’s pretty amazing to sit here and hear this live.
“I am absolutely aware of the seriousness and expectation of this work, to work alongside the board and the community on behalf of and to support the success of our students – all of our students – and I truly look forward to collaborating on this. I really appreciate the opportunity.
His salary and benefits were announced orally at Tuesday’s board meeting: Davis will receive an annual salary of $215,373, a four-step salary schedule, a monthly car allowance of $600 and benefits from health and wellness programs similar to those the district provides to other Central Unified managers.
GV Wire requested Davis’ written contract Wednesday morning.
“Incredible asset” for the district
In a district press release, board chairman Richard A. Solis said Davis was an “incredible asset” to the district.
“She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, thanks to the various positions she has held in education over the past 30 years,” he said. “Ms. Davis has demonstrated her abilities for innovation, dedication and leadership time and again, especially during this school year which has presented many challenges brought on by a global pandemic. We look forward to continuing our work with Ms. Davis and we look forward to seeing and witnessing all the amazing things she is doing in our district.
The district conducted a nationwide search after former Superintendent Andy Alvarado resigned from his post following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. The district attorney’s office later decided not to charge Alvarado, who had served as Central’s top administrator since 2018.
In August, the district and Alvarado signed a layoff agreement that paid him a lump sum salary of $110,378.50 — the equivalent of six months’ salary — plus health benefits through February and “gross accrued vacation.” » totaling $10,559.30.
Davis’ three-decade career includes jobs as a teacher, instructional coach, technology trainer, and assessment and technology administrator, and a five-year stint as director of Sanger Unified. She was assistant superintendent of educational services at Central when she was named acting superintendent last year.