New superintendent getting feedback

SAN BENITO — Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega has made definite strides in what he originally set out to do when he started with the district last month.

So far, he has spent time with personnel at every campus in the district, including the bus barn, food service, district police and maintenance department and staff.

He also has met with secondary principals, department directors and the superintendent council.

During every meeting, Vegas said he has asked three questions in an effort to gain feedback.

The questions touch on what the district does well, could do better and any concerns on what is and what isn’t working.

“The purpose of this is to listen and get feedback,” Vega said.

He will continue to meet with various groups until he gains a large enough sample size of feedback.

“I have also asked principals to conduct the same exercise with their staff and provide feedback to my office,” Vega said.

The school board hired Vega as Marc Puig’s replacement in November.

Before beginning his new position as head of the district, Vega was deputy superintendent for Teaching & Learning at the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona.

Vega, who originally is from Texas, will be paid an annual salary of $155,000, which is $15,000 more than his predecessor, Puig.

Last week, the school board approved his request to conduct a comprehensive district-wide efficiency audit and a curriculum audit.

“The purpose of these two audits is to provide me, parents, community and staff with a picture of the state of the district,” Vega said.

“From these findings we will be able to better plan around the district’s strengths and address the district’s shortcomings.”

The findings from the questions and audits will eventually be shared with everyone.

This information, Vega hopes, will lead to a stable five-year strategic plan.