7. What qualifications does Mr. Vargas not have that he is hired to be Interim Superintendent but you will not hire him as permanent Superintendent? Who would you support as the new superintendent?
Campos: When we interviewed interims we said, we’re looking for people for the interim position and not for a permanent right now because we want to make sure the community is involved in the hiring of a superintendent. We’re going to have a search firm in order to . . . help us so that we can look for who is going to be that right person . . . I am partial to people that have roots to Rochester
Evans: In terms of a permanent, it’s too (pre)mature to say . . . we need to have a conversation with the larger community on what qualities and attributes we’re looking for in a superintendent . . . the type of person that I want overall . . . they have to have a passion for children in this community . . . they can’t be here passing through
Flagler: I would look for someone right here . . . we have enough people in this area who (are) able to understand the issues and demographics of the city
Powell: We knew that the public wanted an open process for the search for permanent (superintendent). We promised the community engagement and an opportunity to have input
Adams: There is a corporate agenda for public education involving privatization and we must understand that we need leaders who understand that, on the Board and as superintendent
Williams: I would look for someone who has had extensive experience running a district with the size and complexity of Rochester
Hodgins: I would want someone who is from the Rochester area or has been the head of a district that is of a similar size and scope as Rochester. I want someone who is a teaching expert . . . child focused, child centered. I am also not in favor of a search firm, spending money to go outside and look nationally
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