Sandia High athletic director reassigned amid pipe-planting investigation

Updated: 06/06/2014 6:13 PM | Created: 06/06/2014 11:02 AM
By: Jen Samp and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Public Schools confirms Sandia High School's athletic director will be reassigned to another school amid allegations that he planted a marijuana pipe in a coach's office.

According to Monica Armenta with APS, the Discipline Committee forwarded their recommendations to move Tom Knauber to another school. The superintendent upheld the recommendation, which means Knauber will be reassigned to another school, where he will teach social studies.

"This is all APS can say at this time as both parties have attorneys involved requesting documents from APS, and also because it is not a criminal investigation, it is an internal matter," Armenta said.

Last month, Knauber reported finding the pipe in basketball coach Alvin Broussard's office. Broussard's attorney said they wanted to see surveillance video from the school and believes it shows Knauber sneaking into the coach's office last Friday.

"Coach Broussard is disappointed by this decision and he feels unprotected and unsupported by his employer," said Broussard's attorney, Leon Howard.

He says they are looking at their options on how they want to move forward.

"This situation has been emotionally distressing on Coach Broussard and it has made it difficult for him in fulfilling duties to his students and student-athletes," Howard said.

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