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– In the dead of the night, the Rochester City School District announced two finalists for superintendent, Bolgen Vargas and Andre Spencer. A third candidate, Tomas Hanna, must have dropped out or didn’t make the cut.

Vargas and Spencer share something in common – a lack of administrative experience. Spencer, a school improvement chief in Houston, is a young man, considering he graduated college in 1997. Vargas went from guidance counselor to interim superintendent, though he was president of the Rochester school board for a time.

It’s curious a national search produced these two candidates. People have wondered all along if the fix was in for Vargas. Another explanation could be outside candidates rightly or wrongly perceived Vargas as the popular shoo-in and didn’t want to waste their time.

Sources say there are some on the school board who wanted to broaden the search and go back to the drawing board. Those forces clearly did not win out.

During next week’s meet-and-greet’s with the candidates, it’s important to ask Vargas this question: Do you plan on staying in Rochester? Don’t assume because Vargas has spent his career here that he will remain. He was recently awarded his doctorate and Rochester could be a nice stepping stone – especially if he is selected and does a good job.

Update: School Board member Van White says the search process needs to start over.

– Monday night’s homicide victim preached against violence. This is a sad story.

– A Gates-Chili coach is not letting paralysis slow him down

– Fender benders may become a thing of the past. Why? Our cars will talk to each other.

Instagram can thank Kodak for its billion dollars.

5 Responses to And Then There Were Two

  1. Did he “preach against nonviolence?” I’m not sure that double-negative is what you intended…

  2. April 11, 2012 at 9:32 am Rachel responds:

    Thanks – no coffee yet for me this morning.

  3. April 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm David Lewis responds:

    Shoo-in or not; RCSD has had a “crisis in leadership” that Dr. Vargas has overcome. He’s demonstrated good leadership and the ability to communicate with most of the stake-holders in a positive manner. Perhaps it is best that the ciry school board count it’s blessings and hire the person doing the job!

  4. April 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm Michael Bloch responds:

    If Vargas is chosen, a portion of what would have been his salary should be paid to him as a bonus. provided he stays in the job for a specified number of years. Should he leave prior to that, he forfeits the bonus. That would contractually help solve the concern that he may leave for something better too soon.

  5. Of course Bolgen has an advantage… he’s doing the job… his lack of administrative experience is a negative, but so far his experience as a “boots-on-the-ground” educator and board member (president) have served him well… he deserves a shot at the job…

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