Algarin took the position in March of 2006 and is leaving today. He says family concerns and obtaining a new certification are his top priorities.
“I’ll be pursuing my professional accreditation, my APR,” said Algarin, who will not be accepting a new job for the time being. “It takes a year to do that. On the personal side, I’ve got some family health issues with my mom and the like, and I have to pay attention to that. I’m going to be needing to travel a little to Boston to help her with that. I need to have some more flexibility on that side to deal with some things. At the end of the day, sometimes you have to make sure you put focus where it belongs.”
Algarin has also sold his Marietta home, though he isn’t going far. His new house is in the Vinings area. He thanked the school system for a wonderful experience.
“I’m glad to have the opportunity to have worked with (Superintendent) Dr. Emily Lembeck; she’s a wonderful leader,” Algarin said. “I had great experiences with principals at the schools. I feel so much pride for having been a part of the Blue Devil family. I didn’t graduate from Marietta High School, but it’s an excellent place, and I can see why the kids love to be part of the Blue Devil nation.”
After graduating from Kennesaw State University in 1992 with a marketing degree, Algarin worked at GE, XLE and at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission prior to his time at MCS.
MCS Board of Education Chairman Randy Weiner thanked Algarin for his time with the school system, saying he “has been a real asset to the district for the past eight years. We’re looking for someone who will move the system forward where he left off.”
Weiner also outlined what the BOE will look for in a replacement.
“We are looking for someone who can effectively communicate our strategic plan to stakeholders and inform the community of our two biggest initiatives right now, which are Graduate Marietta and Compensation Redesign. We’re also looking to upgrade our websites and have a stronger social media outreach.”
The process of finding a replacement has not begun in earnest, according to Weiner.
“I’m not sure how we’re going about it yet,” Weiner said. “We have not discussed it yet. I’m sure we’ll do a wide search out there for his replacement, but there is no timeline yet.”
Hollie Manheimer, executive director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, has some advice for the school district as it looks to hire Algarin’s replacement.
“Any communications director for a public agency should be well versed in the state’s open records and open meetings act in order to better help citizens understand and monitor their government,” she said.
According to Open Georgia, a database of public records, Algarin was paid $91,255 in 2013 by MCS, plus $969.82 in travel expenses. Algarin was paid more than his equivalent at the much larger Cobb County School District, Jay Dillon, who received $87,715 last year, according to the website.
However, Algarin said the number sounded a little high.
“That website, sometimes I’m not sure where they get their numbers,” he said. “My salary was at $86,000 or $87,000. They must add numbers to it, not sure what else they include.”
Speaking on the salary of whoever replaces Algarin, Weiner said, “I’m sure it will be similar to that.”
Lembeck was out of town Tuesday and calls made to her office were not immediately returned.