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Former Syracuse Schools Superintendent Takes Over as Superintendent in Rochester

By Staff



The man best known for bringing “Say Yes to Education” to Syracuse will be taking a position as superintendent of schools in Rochester.

Dan Lowengard, former superintendent of Syracuse city schools, will take over the position from Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, January 1, 2016, at the end of Vargas’ term.

Vargas has stepped down from the position due to an increasingly tumultuous relationship with Rochester school board members, and after threatening to sue the board in March.

The controversy arose following a vote by board members which required Vargas to receive board approval before he could hire or fire any of the 32 members of his cabinet.

Although Vargas ultimately decided not to go through with the lawsuit, his relationship with the board became irreparably strained subsequent to the dispute.

Lowengard served as Syracuse superintendent from 2006 to 2011, until his retirement.

Prior to serving as superintendent of schools in Syracuse, he also cialis served as superintendent of schools for eight years in Utica.

Lowengard will serve in Rochester on an interim basis, while the Rochester school board searches for Vargas’ replacement. He will receive a salary of $175,000, plus a housing allowance, but will not receive health benefits, in the position.

Vargas will continue to receive his salary of $195,000, as well as health benefits, until he fully steps down from the role in June. According to the district, he will continue in an advisory capacity for the rest of the school year.

Lowengard has also been known for his share of controversy, following frequent disputes with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner over the Syracuse joint schools construction board during his tenure as superintendent

Since his retirement, he has worked as an outside educational consultant for the New York State Department of Education.