Back when he was hired two weeks ago, Tata said his first human resources action would be to ask Hargens to stay "to provide continuity." Hargens has been simultaneously staying serving as chief academic officer and interim superintendent.
Hargens' decision to stay on could ease concerns from some about Tata's limited educational experience. During the Dec. 23 meeting, school board members repeatedly pointed to how Tata would be backed up by experienced educators such as Hargens.
Board members had particularly praised Hargens' tenure as interim superintendent at the Dec. 23 meeting. There was some booing from the crowd when school board chairman Ron Margiotta said that Hargens had accomplished more academically as interim superintendent than he had seen in the previous four years, which can be seen as a a slap at former Superintendent Del Burns.
One remaining question is how much of the rest of the senior staff, who were largely put in place by Del Burns, will remain under Tata.