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UPDATED: Education Secretary Grants Stay of Decision on Alamogordo Supt.’s Licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Superintendent Mike Harris sought stay to give him time to appeal decision to District Court

State Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia has granted a stay of her decision to revoke Alamogordo Public Schools Superintendent Mike Harris’ teaching and administrative licenses, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

The newspaper said Harris had sought the stay to give him time to appeal Garcia’s decision to state District Court in Alamogordo.

Garcia had issued her decision on the licenses in a document dated Nov. 13 and then issued her stay in a Nov. 23 document, according to the Daily News.


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Among the charges that were brought against Harris in October 2008 were that he lied on his Public Education Department and Alamogordo Public Schools applications, the newspaper reported. A hearing was conducted in July in Albuquerque.


Tuesday, 24 November 2009 08:45


The Alamogordo Municipal School Board voted 4-1 Monday night to ask School Superintendent Mike Harris to take leave without pay unless or until a stay is granted to Public Education Department Secretary Veronica Garcia’s decision to revoke Harris’ state superintendent and teaching licenses, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

According to an earlier Daily News story, Garcia has ruled on Harris’ appeal of charges filed against him in October 2008, following a hearing that took place in Albuquerque in late July.

The Public Education Department has alleged that Harris lied on his application for licensing through PED; he lied on his employment application to Alamogordo Public Schools; he hired Eddie Kilmer as a coach at Alamogordo High School when Kilmer had had his coaching credentials revoked in Texas and had Kilmer working under his wife, who was at the time an assistant principal at Alamogordo High; and hired Leslie Kilmer as principal at the high school without interviewing any other candidates for the position, the Daily News said.

Harris has filed an application to Garcia for a stay of her decision to revoke his state licenses pending the outcome of the review of the decision in state District Court, and he has until Dec. 13 to file an appeal of the PED decision, according to the Daily News.

Harris was out of town during Monday’s school board meeting and was unavailable for comment, the paper reported.