ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Aztec Municipal School District Superintendent Kirk Carpenter will keep his educator license after a state Public Education Department investigation.
PED, under former Gov. Susana Martinez, sought to revoke Carpenter’s license, contending the superintendent put kids in jeopardy by failing to report inappropriate behavior by a former Aztec High School teacher.
But Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo has decided to uphold a hearing officer’s recommendation to allow Carpenter to keep his credentials, according to PED Chief of Staff Daniel Manzano.
“The Secretary upheld the Hearing Officer’s recommendations on April 3, 2019,” Manzano wrote in an email, which did not provide any other details.
In September, PED officials moved forward with revoking Carpenter’s license, arguing that the superintendent should have reported former Aztec High teacher and coach James Coulter to the PED or law enforcement after the school investigated the teacher in 2016 for an alleged sexual relationship with a student.