Montebello Unified Hires Its Former Watchdog as Interim Superintendent

The past few years have been challenging for Montebello Unified, and no one knows that better than its next interim superintendent.

Mark Skvarna, who was brought in to oversee the district’s troubled finances in November 2017, was named to the position on March 30. The vote was 4-0 with Trustee Alejandro Ramirez abstaining.

Representatives from Save MUSD, the district’s Citizens Bond Committee, and Montebello Teachers Association all praised the choice of Skvarna.

“I think Mark was very competent and strong when he was the LACOE fiscal adviser,” teachers union president Doug Patzkowski said (Whittier Daily News). “He has experience and the backing of LACOE.”

Skvarna stepped down from his role as fiscal advisor more than a year ago. He brings 25 years of education experience to the job, including 13 years spent as head of Baldwin Park Unified.

MUSD is going to need a steady hand. The district was charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2019. It’s current superintendent, Anthony Martinez, was fined $10,000. Martinez is also facing a lawsuit accusing him of sexual battery and gender violence. The case goes court this summer.