Superintendent Bolgen Vargas shares his plan for the Rochester City School District

Updated: 08/07/2014 11:14 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 10:50 PM WHEC.com

News10NBC is learning new details on the state of the Rochester City School District. Superintendent Bolgen Vargas shared his plan for the district, just a few weeks ahead of the upcoming school year.  

Among the biggest concerns were improving student attendance and getting more kids to graduate. 

Dr. Bolgen Vargas said, “The most important one is making sure the students achieve. Having 95 percent or more students attend school every day, making sure we are allocating our resources in an effective and efficient way.”

Also for the first time, we are hearing from Vargas following the weapons arrest of a teacher last week. Diane Watkins was accused of having a handgun with her during a school field trip to the Statue of Liberty back in May. We’re told the district wasn't notified of her arrest until late last month.

Vargas said, “We did find out later than what I would have liked. We have taken every step to make sure there were consequences for the people involved.”

Watkins is charged with criminal possession of a weapon. She’s due back in New York City court in October.

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