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Rochester Teachers Association Asks Vargas to Step Down

By Staff


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The Rochester Teachers Association has asked Rochester City School District superintendent Bolgen Vargas to step down from his position immediately, before his contract ends in December.

Last month, Vargas said he would step down six months early from the role, on Dec. 31, after the RCSD school board decided not to renew his contract.

Former Syracuse School District Superintendent Dan Lowengard is slated to move into the position as interim superintendent, until the board can find a permanent replacement for Vargas.

However, RTA officials have asked Lowengard to move into the position immediately, as a result of stalled contract negotiations, and teacher safety concerns in schools, specifically at Edison Tech.

“Negotiations for a successor contract are at impasse, and the district is showing little interest in addressing the pressing issues at the bargaining table,” RTA president Adam Urbanski said in a message to teachers on the organization’s website. “That’s frustrating our efforts to find remedies for the deteriorating climate for teaching and learning in our schools.”

Nonetheless, Rochester City School Board officials have said they have no plans to oust Vargas prior to his vacating the post in December, and Vargas has said he doesn’t think his early departure would solve the current problems in the district.

“If the solution for me would be to leave early, I would leave right now,” Vargas stated.

According to Vargas, he plans to stay with the district until December, and has been meeting several times per week with Lowengard in order to create a smooth transition for his replacement.