Welcome, Dr. Patricio Vargas
The Board of Education is happy to announce the results of a process that began in September of 2021 with a formal Request for Proposals, seeking an Executive Superintendent Search Firm. The Cosca Group Search Firm was selected and approved at the November 9, 2021 Special School Board meeting. The Cosca Group met with the Board in December 2021 to develop a timeline, from pre-recruitment and stakeholder Focus Group meetings to final interviews and a site visit to the workplace of the selected candidate.
This Board worked diligently throughout the process to ensure that the individual selected to hold this crucial position was the most qualified, with the professional knowledge and skills to lead our District. The Board agreed that Dr. Patricio Vargas is that person.
Dr. Patricio Vargas has served as an educator for 26 years. His experience in the classroom inspired him to continue his education. He received his Master's degree in Administration and Leadership from La Sierra University and a Ph.D., with an emphasis in Institutional Leadership, from the University of California Riverside. Dr. Vargas has served in various capacities with experience as a teacher, principal, Coordinator for English Learners, Director of Assessment, Accountability, and Educational Technology, and most currently as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Dr. Vargas successfully implemented high-performance leadership teams in each role, resulting in increased academic achievement for all students.
Dr. Vargas and his wife, Linda, have been married for 21 years and have two children, Alexa and Patrick. Alexa is completing her sophomore year in high school and Patrick is finishing fifth grade. Dr. Vargas acknowledges and understands how invaluable his experiences as a father and educator have been in shaping his life and abilities as a leader. He is passionate about teaching and learning and believes education is the greatest equalizer, providing all students the opportunity to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially, to reach their full potential. Dr. Vargas has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout his career. His multicultural experiences, bilingual ability, and educational achievements will be assets in his new role. He is committed to serving and leading the organization with transparency and integrity, making sure all students in the Morongo Basin receive a world-class education