Updated: 08/22/2014 11:59 AM |
Created: 08/22/2014 10:41 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Kristen Garcia, KOB.com
The Albuquerque Public Schools Board has selected an interim superintendent.
The board narrowed the selection down to four candidates in a special meeting and selected Dr. Brad Winter Friday morning. The former chief operations officer, who retired from APS just a couple of months ago following a 22-year career with APS, will step in while the district conducts a search for a superintendent, said APS.
“Dr. Winter has been a part of Albuquerque Public Schools for more than two decades and knows this district as well as anyone,” said Board President Dr. Analee Maestas Friday. “The board wanted to find someone who could smoothly guide the district through this time of transition, and we’re confident Dr. Winter is the best person for the job.”
All week the board has met to discuss what they want in an interim superintendent and what the interview process should be like. Applicants had until 5:30 p.m. Thursday night to apply for the position.
The four finalists who were interviewed for the interim position were David Atencio, Diego Gallegos, Veronica Gallegos, and Brad Winter.
It is still unclear as to why former APS superintendent Winston Brook's resigned last week. According to his resignation agreement, he will get paid $350,000, if approved by the Public Education Department.
Winter will assume his duties immediately.
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