For the first time since it was established in 1980, the Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester has voted “no confidence” in a city schools superintendent. At a press conference this afternoon, Deborah Rider, ASAR’s president, said that 87 percent of its members supported the no-confidence vote against Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.
Rider cited a lack of a strategic plan, lack of instructional leadership, and lack of clear and consistent communication for the vote results. The most recent evidence of this, she said, is the lack of direction give in the roll out of the new Common Core curriculum.
Rider said that ASAR members have had concerns with Vargas’s leadership almost since he started as superintendent in 2012.
“Members thought it was time to take a stand,” she said.
Rider said that continuous changes in the district’s senior management team have been a detriment and have increased instability.
Even though the vote could inflict serious damage to the superintendent’s public image, Rider said she does not believe it will be an impediment to working with Vargas. District officials have begun negotiating a new labor agreement with ASAR. The current contract expires in June.
“We met with Vargas and board president Van White last week and it was a productive meeting,” she said. The no-confidence vote has nothing to do with contract negotiations, she said.
The union, which represents principals and administrators, has about 400 members.