Updated: 08/15/2014 5:57 PM |
Created: 08/15/2014 5:41 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- While the real reason for Winston Brooks' resignation remains a mystery tonight, with school board members apparently sworn to secrecy, there are some hints in the language of the resignation agreement he signed with the school board.
The resignation document includes a couple of highly unusual sections that are aimed not just at Winston Brooks, but at his wife Ann as well.
The agreement says that APS "will not disparage the conduct character performance or ethics" of either Brooks or his wife.
The agreement says Brooks will waive the right to sue the board or its agents, and the board will waive its right to sue Brooks or his wife.
Ann Brooks was not an APS employee, and why she is included in the agreement is unknown.
Winston Brooks will get a letter of recommendation from the board, but a report that led to the resignation will remain secret.
Latino activists say whatever the reason for his resignation, they are glad he's out.
"Latino and Native American students graduate at a rate of 50 percent, while white students graduate at a rate of 75 percent," said Alicia Chavez of Families for Education. "So I would really like to see APS find someone who could give us a little bit of equity."
"We've never had so many complaints about a superintendent abusing their power and authority as we have about Winston Brooks," Ralph Arellanes of the Hispano Round Table said. "His abuse of power and authority has come at the cost of many women, Hispanics and other minorities."
Albuquerque Public Schools will pay Brooks $350,000 for the rest of his contract for this year and the 2015-16 school year.