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Santa Fe schools chief offered contract extension

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Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica García has been offered a two-year contract extension that will keep her in the position through June 30, 2023.

The school board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to extend García’s contract, which wasn’t due to expire for another year, but did not disclose details.

A spokesman for the school district said Wednesday that García’s contract calls for an annual salary of $195,570, the same amount she had been receiving.

Before the board’s vote on her contract extension, her evaluation for the 2019-20 school year was adopted.

Board President Kate Noble said this has been an extraordinary year, requiring the district to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and budget cuts. The year also has included the school district’s first mail-in election, on the Education Technology Note, which was approved by voters and ensured that most students would be equipped with a digital device.

“And, really, Dr. García has been an exemplary superintendent through it all,” Noble said.

García, 69, is in her second stint as SFPS superintendent. She was schools chief from 1999 to 2002, then left the district after being picked by former Gov. Bill Richardson to serve as the state’s first secretary of education. She returned in 2016 as a temporary replacement after Joel Boyd stepped down but was soon offered the job full time.

“The Santa Fe Public Schools feels like my home and my family, and I’m very committed to this district,” she said. “It’s a real honor to serve as your superintendent. Thank you for your faith and belief in me. And I will continue to give it my very best.”

García, whose permanent residence is in Albuquerque, in October announced her intention to run for a state Senate seat as a Democrat, representing Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. However, she ended her candidacy about a week later, saying she didn’t feel she could uphold her responsibilities as superintendent while engaged in a competitive campaign.

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