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Española schools superintendent to step down

SANTA FE, N.M. — Española Public Schools Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez will not seek an extension to her contract, which expires June 30, according to a news release from the school district.

“I have been both honored and humbled to serve as your Superintendent over the past few years, and I have grown to love the Española Valley, its people and most importantly, our students and staff,” Gutierrez wrote in her notice to school board members. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve Española Schools. It has been a privilege and I wish the Board well in your search for a new Superintendent.”

Bobbie Gutierrez

The school board has called a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss a search for a new superintendent and initial timeframes.

Gutierrez, who previously served as superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, performed two stints as schools chief in Española.

In April 2016, Gutierrez resigned under pressure shortly after she fired controversial championship basketball coach Richard Martinez, who had been leading the team in prayer and had been accused of bullying players by both state education officials and parents. She was re-hired by the Española school district in June 2017.

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