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Santa Fe schools’ chief gets contract extension, raise

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Public Schools superintendent Veronica García will remain on board at least another two years after the school board extended her contract by one year through June 30, 2020, during a special meeting Wednesday night.

The contract extension also comes with a raise, which will go into effect July 1. She’ll earn $184,500 per year, up from $180,000 per year.

After a more than an hour long executive session during which the board discussed the superintendent’s contract, the board voted 5-0 to extend the contract along with the raise.

“We’re very pleased to do this, to continue your service on behalf of kids in Santa Fe Public Schools,” board President Steven Carrillo said after the vote.

“I love this district and am very committed to it,” García responded. “Thank you for this opportunity.”

García, 66, is in her second stint as schools superintendent in Santa Fe. She served in the position from 1999 to 2002 and helped turn a $2.6 million deficit into a $2.4 million cash balance, according to the her profile on the SFPS website.

She served as the state’s first secretary of education from 2003 to 2010 after the Public Education Department was formed under Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration. She was working as executive director of the private, non-profit New Mexico Voices for Children when she was tapped to serve as interim superintendent in Santa Fe in July 2016 following the departure of Joel Boyd. The school board later voted to make her the permanent hire.

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