ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On the final on-line date for the Albuquerque Public Faculties Superintendent Search, Bolgen Vargas, impartial marketing consultant and former superintendent of the Rochester Metropolis Faculty District in New York Metropolis, shared his story with the neighborhood.
“My trajectory that led me to qualify to develop into your superintendent may be very distinctive,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he was born within the Dominican Republic and began engaged on a farm when he was six years previous. His dad and mom couldn’t learn or write, mentioned Vargas.
However his life modified when he moved to New York Metropolis, went to highschool, and ultimately went to varsity.
Vargas’ candidacy for the APS management place is a testomony to his expertise as a faculty counselor, superintendent and member of the college board.
“I wish to thank the whole Albuquerque neighborhood for the chance to permit me to specific my curiosity in serving you as your subsequent Superintendent,” mentioned Vargas.
Requested about fairness and help for college students from numerous backgrounds, Vargas mentioned he would evaluate the district to ensure fairness is a part of the work being accomplished and to construct on the efforts which can be in place.
“For instance, if the board or the administration in recent times, in the event that they have not accomplished (a) equity audit, I might work with the board and the neighborhood to do it,” did he declare.
To foster a various administrative group, Vargas mentioned he would strategy this by way of inside employees retention, recruitment and growth.
He added that illustration ought to happen in any respect ranges of the district, not simply on the prime.
“It’s important to create a tradition that helps variety,” he mentioned.
“Tradition and organizational evaluation is important,” he added.
Malik Evans, a member of Rochester Metropolis Council and former chairman of the college board, informed the Journal he was answerable for recruiting Vargas to steer the Rochester Faculty District.
Evans described Vargas as a collaborative, passionate and clever chief.
“The person is battle examined,” Evans mentioned.
The APS Schooling Council is predicted to announce the selection of its director on Friday, which might conclude a protracted hunt.
Vargas is one in every of three finalists vying for the place, together with Ignacio Ruiz, assistant superintendent of the Clark County Faculty District in Nevada and APS Appearing Superintendent Scott Elder.
Ruiz and Elder appeared earlier than the neighborhood and council earlier within the week.
The recordings of the boards and interviews of the three finalists will probably be revealed on APS.edu.
The varsity board collected neighborhood suggestions on the candidates by way of on-line kinds.