New school board chairman Augustin Barrera has a goal to raise educational levels, especially among impoverished
A strong advocate of raising the level of education of students in the Miami-Dade public schools system, the fourth-largest in the nation, has been elected chairman of the governing school board.
He is AgustĖn Barrera, managing principal of the Miami office of Leo A. Daly, an architecture, planning, engineering and interiors firm, who came to the US from his native Cuba at age 7 and since adolescence has been actively engaged in community activities here, notably in education.
A self-described consensus-builder who prefers listening to talking, Mr. Barrera, 44, was first elected to the school board in November 2002 and was unanimously chosen four weeks ago by fellow board members to succeed Frank Bolaños as chairman.
He was interviewed by Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes.
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