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APS board begins search for interim superintendent

Updated: 08/20/2014 8:06 AM | Created: 08/20/2014 7:58 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education will discuss job qualifications and requirements for a new district leader on Wednesday.

The board accepted Superintendent Winston Brooks' resignation last Friday.

Board members immediately named chief operating officer Ruben Hendrickson as acting superintendent, but on Wednesday's agenda, the board will begin to review the interviewing and selection process for an interim superintendent.

The board is expected to announce the interim superintendent at a special meeting on Friday.

It's still not clear why Brooks resigned, but the decision comes amid a probe into a "serious personnel issue." His resignation agreement shows the district has agreed to pay him $350,000, but the payout needs to be approved by the Public Education Department first.

The agreement Brooks signed with the school board said nobody would discuss the matter any further.

"The decision to end the employment relationship will allow both the Board and Brooks to establish a new direction. Both agree that this decision is the best option for APS at this time," the board wrote in a prepared statement last week.

But the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is demanding that further information on his resignation be released.

The group says the public has the right to know why public money is being spent to end his contract two years ahead of schedule.


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