BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO
Rochester school board member Van White says he plans to write to Superintendent Bolgen Vargas asking for a meeting with Patricia Malgieri, Vargas’ newly hired chief of staff.
White says he wants to clear up concerns he has over some of Malgieri’s past positions on the school district.
Vargas does not need the board’s approval to hire members of his senior team, but everyone needs to be able to work together, White says.
“He can pick who he wants,” says board president Malik Evans. “The superintendent is away on vacation, but the board will be having a heart to heart with him when he returns.”
Vargas’s decision to hire Malgieri, Rochester’s former deputy mayor, has angered some board members because she has been a critic of the district. And some board members question whether she can now be a credible advocate.