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No Confidence Vote in Vargas

Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas
Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas

It was  an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas by the administrator's union on Monday

87- percent of principals and administrations of city schools are concerned about Vargas' organizational, professional and instructional leadership.

Deborah Rider is the president of the Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester. She says the vote highlights the severity of the issues that currently exist in the district. Rider adds poor leadership is the "biggest obstacle" to improving schools.

"We hope that this vote helps the board establish their leadership so that we can have further conversations with the superintendent in a more collaborative cooperative manner. So that we could all work together and move the agenda of this district forward in a positive manner."

Rider says a letter is being sent to the Board of Education. The no confidence vote is the first in the union's 34 years.

Vargas issued a statement saying: “Improving student achievement will require a serious change in the way we manage our organization. I understand that these changes cause discomfort for many administrators. Our school district desperately needs to improve, and it is regrettable to see the leaders of the administrative union focused on creating friction among adults instead of solutions to serve children.  My intent is to continue working with school administrators and every adult in this District to earn the confidence of the families we serve.”