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Jimmy Carter Middle School principals reassigned

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After investigations into “serious allegations of misconduct by a substitute teacher,” the principal and assistant principal at Jimmy Carter Middle School no longer work at the school and have been reassigned to new roles.

Last month, Jimmy Carter then-principal Amy Mahr and then-assistant principal Frances Chavez were put on paid leave during the investigation.

Now, Jimmy Carter is on the hunt for a new principal and already has replaced Chavez.

But Albuquerque Public Schools is keeping mum about why the staff members were reassigned and the moves’ relation to last month’s investigation.

“The district does not typically comment on personnel matters, and we are limited in what we can say about this,” APS spokeswoman Johanna King said.

King did confirm Mahr is now serving as a district director of AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college readiness program. And Chavez is now the assistant principal at Sandia High School.

Margaret Lucero, who previously was an assistant principal at Rio Grande High School, is serving as the acting principal at Jimmy Carter until a permanent replacement can be found. Marco Martinez – the former Sandia High assistant principal – switched jobs with Chavez and is the new assistant principal at Jimmy Carter.

A notice to the Jimmy Carter community was posted March 7, announcing the search for a new principal.

“We would like you to be a part of the search for a permanent principal who can lead Jimmy Carter Middle School into the future,” wrote Gabriel Antonio Gonzales, associate superintendent of leadership and learning for Zone 2.

“The first step in identifying a new principal is collecting community and staff input into the characteristics they would like to see in their new leader. A survey has been posted on the JCMS website for parents to complete.”

Last month, the Jimmy Carter community received another message from APS.

“We are calling to let you know police are investigating serious allegations of misconduct by one of our substitute teachers. The substitute is on leave pending the outcome of this investigation,” the message read. “District officials have also placed Principal Mahr and Vice Principal on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.”

At the time, APS said the allegations were not violent in nature and did not involve sexual assault.

The substitute teacher, Claude Carroll, was placed on unpaid leave in February. King said he resigned effective March 2.

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