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Rumors of Brooks’ Departure Quelled

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Rumors of Winston Brooks’ departure have been greatly exaggerated.

Some weekend gossip held that the Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent had resigned, or was planning to do so soon. Brooks sent an email to members of the school board and his leadership team Sunday to set the record straight, as well as let them know who would stand in for him at board meetings this week, while he is at a conference in Houston.

“It’s just absurd,” Brooks said about the rumor that he’s leaving. “I just got my contract extended for another year. It hadn’t even crossed my mind.”

Brooks said he heard the rumor first from a staff member on Saturday, while he was in Santa Fe at the state Legislature. Hearing the rumor made him laugh, he said. “I said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ ”

APS board member Kathy Korte said she heard the rumor from a friend, and promptly told the friend it wasn’t true. After all, she said, wouldn’t the board be among the first to know?

She texted Brooks to tell him what she had heard.

“I was joking with him, saying, ‘Hey, you’re resigning today. That’s what the rumor is,’ ” Korte said. “I thought it was just silly.”

Fellow board member Martin Esquivel said he hadn’t heard the rumor until he got Brooks’ email. He thinks the rumor may have started as someone trying to score cheap political points against Brooks.

“It’s just pure silliness,” Esquivel said. “It really is unfortunate.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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