Just days afterSchools Superintendent Alberto name surfaced as a potential candidate for Congress, speculation has already started over who might replace him as schools chief.
Several School Board members said they have received calls asking what would happen if told the Miami Herald on Friday that he is being courted to run for retiring Rep. — resigns to run for office. seat— who
“I’ve spoken to a lot of folks in all of the communities and yes, they are concerned,” said board Chair Larry Feldman said.. “He’s been working for us for eight years in this position and has taken us from financial disasters, academic issues, credibility issues,” to a school district that serves as a model for the rest of the country,
It’s unclear how seriously the superintendent is considering pursuing a political run. On Friday,walked the fence in an interview with the Miami Herald. He said he had a “moral responsibility at least to entertain” requests from the people who are hoping he’ll get into the race but added that his commitment to the school district “is as strong and unwavering as ever.”
But Feldman, that he plans to remain head of Miami-Dade Schools, where his contract runs until 2020.has since privately assured School Board members, including
School Board memberNavarro, who has gotten calls from residents in her district and elected officials concerned about possible departure, said told her on Saturday that there was “zero chance” he would run.
If the superintendent does leave, Navarro said there are two qualified candidates who come to mind as possible replacements: Iraida Mendez-Cartaya, an associate superintendent at the school district who lobbies in Tallahassee on the district’s behalf, and Pablo Ortiz, a former school district administrator who currently serves as a vice president at Florida International University.
Both responded that they were happy where they were.