– Does Bolgen Vargas have the edge in the superintendent search? City Councilman Adam McFadden echoed the feelings of more than a few people with this tweet:
There’s no evidence that has surfaced to suggest the search process is rigged. Sources say the board simply didn’t get a deep candidate pool. Many people didn’t apply or dropped out late in the process. Part of the reason is their names will be made public. Concerns over whether Vargas is a shoo-in may have also swayed applicants.
Update: I confirmed a candidate pool and updated my earlier story.
Vargas has the advantage of incumbency. He’s had a relatively smooth year. He’ll likely announce a budget this week that avoids the chaos of his predecessor. People generally like him.
But there are worries he doesn’t have the leadership background or backbone to take on the district’s massive problems. They think he’s a pushover.
No matter which side people fall on, not one person I talked to today seemed “excited” about the candidate pool. I suspect the only way the board will ditch Vargas is if they’re “wowed” by someone else. I’m not getting the sense there’s a blockbuster challenger yet.
One thing’s for certain: Vargas will not go back to being a guidance counselor.
– It’s a sad day for Rochester news consumers. Eighteen Democrat and Chronicle employees with a collective 619 years of experience are accepting buyouts. Gannett says the move “strengthens” the company. It strengthens the bottom line, but not the product.
Bob Matthews, Bob Marcotte, Mark Hare and Michael Zeigler are among those who are retiring. You cannot replace that kind of knowledge and experience. Matthews is a household name and an institution. I’m glad they had a choice about their departure.
This is not an excuse to write off the paper. It’s still got the most journalists in town and serves an important accountability function. Let’s hope the ship can be righted. I’m not sure this is the best strategy.
– Erie County stopped giving out tax breaks to hotels for renovation projects. Why doesn’t Monroe County scrutinize this kind of incentive?
– We live in a rush-to-judgment society. David Carr takes the media to task in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
– Chances are you’re not watching broadcast TV at 10 p.m. Instead, you’re catching up on DVR’d programs.