New district position for replaced technology director

MANATEE -- School officials have found a new position for the district's technology and information services director they decided to replace in late September.

Tina Barrios is now a project manager for the technology and information services department, said Assistant Superintendent Scott Martin this week.

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Bob Gagnon informed Barrios on Sept. 28 that the district was looking for a new director. Gagnon was then serving a

brief tenure as interim superintendent after the resignation of former superintendent Tim McGonegal.

Department programmer Ernie Paredes was named interim director of the technology and information services department until a permanent replacement could be found.

Barrios' position, which Martin said is not permanent and was created for her, has her working directly with the interim director.

"Dr. Barrios will monitor progress on ... projects, coordinate information flow among the stakeholders, and keep resources moving toward completion," Martin said in an email.

Because she has not been fired, Barrios will continue to collect a $104,000 salary until the end of this fiscal year. However, the district has previously said that Paredes will keep his programmer salary of $71,480, despite his change in position.

School officials have declined to elaborate onwhat motivated the change in Barrios' position, saying only that fresh perspective is needed in the department and that they hope to continue to bridge gaps between support and curriculum.

As director of technology and information services, Barrios oversaw five department managers and was responsible for managing all information and technology assets. She taught science in Manatee County for 15 years before serving in various technology positions for the district, such as Manatee High School's technology coordinator and the district's supervisor of instructional technology.

She had consistently positive reviews in district evaluations. According to her personnel file, she was rated "highly effective" in almost all categories in a April 2012 year-end review completed by Martin, and earned "exemplary" marks in the areas of technology and ethical leadership.

Katy Bergen, Herald education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.