The Daytona Beach News-Journal | By Mark Harper | May 9, 2022
Volusia County School Board will consider hiring a familiar face, Carmen Balgobin, as the next superintendent on Tuesday.
Agenda Item 18.03 states the board will consider offering Balgobin, who recently departed as deputy superintendent, a three-year contract, with terms negotiable.
Balgobin, 50, served as interim superintendent when Scott Fritz took a medical leave of absence for seven months in 2020 and 2021. When he resumed the top job, Balgobin returned to her deputy post. Then in March, Balgobin departed Volusia for a better-paying position as deputy superintendent of teaching and learning at Broward County Schools.
Balgobin shared part of her personal story at a board meeting while she was interim superintendent.
At age 16, she moved with her family from Venezuela to New York City, where she started the 11th grade without knowing English. She took English to Speakers of other Languages and advanced to become a teacher and the holder of a doctoral degree in organizational leadership with a specialty in educational leadership.
In her career, she advanced from an instructor to a trainer for multicultural student education. She became an assistant principal, then a master principal and ultimately executive area director for schools of transformation in the Orange County Schools system.
She came to Volusia County in 2020 as deputy superintendent for teaching, leading and learning.
School Board Chairman Ruben Colon didn’t return a call Friday seeking comment on the prospective selection of Balgobin.