The Albuquerque Public Schools board is starting its search for a new superintendent, after Raquel Reedy announced she’ll step down next summer. Community members can tell the board what they want to see in the district’s new leader online or at a series of meetings in late November and early December.
The district held a meeting Friday geared toward business and government officials. Retired APS leader Toby Herrera gave a recap of what types of experience attendees said their new superintendent should have: “Experience in a high-performing school district is one of the main points I see here," he said. "I also notice: successful in working with multiple unions, values students in decision-making, experience working with high-risk populations, and classroom experience.”
Soon the board will hire a firm to launch a national search. Applications will be due in the spring.
Board member Yolanda Montoya Cordova said these meetings are just the first round of public input. “There’ll be some additional opportunities to hear from the community when we’re getting down to finalists and we’re gonna be making some decisions," she said.
District staff said thousands of people have already filled out a short online survey about the district's challenges and desired characteristics of the new superintendent.
The remaining meetings are scheduled:
- November 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Eisenhower Middle School
- November 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Alvarado Elementary School
- November 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Roosevelt Middle School
- December 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Zia Elementary School
- December 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Manzano Mesa Elementary School
- December 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Rio Grande High School
- December 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Albuquerque High School
- December 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Jimmy Carter Middle School
The district website has more information about the superintendent search and how to get involved.
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