Assistant superintendent leaving for advancement potential

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Career advancement opportunities spurred Dennis Roch’s resignation from Tucumcari Public Schools.

Roch resigned last week as the Assistant Superintendent of Tucumcari Schools to take a similar position with Texico Public Schools.

His resignation is effective June 30.

Roch said he received a letter of intent from Texico Superintendent R.L. Richards. He said it is a binding offer for a two-year contract with a base salary of $84,000 a year.

Roch said his salary as Assistant Superintendent of Tucumcari Public School was $83,000 a year. He said his decision was not based on money.

“My primary reason for leaving Tucumcari is to pursue an opportunity to advance my career in education,” Roch said.

Roch said he has family who lives in Texico and he knows many of the students and their families. He said he taught history for eight-and-a-half years at Texico High School.

“It is bittersweet to go,” Roch said. “My wife Rochelle and I have made many friends here in Tucumcari. If it were not for Tucumcari I would have never met my wife.”

Roch said he is grateful for all the support he has received from the staff of Tucumcari Public Schools over the years.

“I was fresh out of the classroom with no experience, yet (Superintendent Aaron) McKinney gave me a chance,” Roch said. “I will forever be grateful for that.”

McKinney said he understands and supports the decision.

“We are definitely going to miss him,” McKinney said. “It is sad to see him go but you have to do what is best for your future.”

McKinney said Roch will help with the interviews for the his replacement.

“My philosophy has been to leave a place better then I found it,” Roch said. “Leaving the district in a good position is something I take very seriously.”

Roch said he is ready for the challenges he will face.

“Every school will have their challenges,” Roch said. “As an administrator you must have foresight to be pro-active about an issue or challenge that may arise.”

Roch said this career change will not affect his duties as the State Rep. for House District 67 (Union Harding, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt and San Migeul counties.)

“I am grateful I still have the opportunity to represent Tucumcari,” Roch said. “This is in no way goodbye. I will be back frequently.”