When you are entrusted with putting the largest school district in the state — heck, one of the largest in the nation — back on a steady course it makes sense to go with experience and with what you know.
In the case of Albuquerque Public Schools needing an interim superintendent, that known entity would be Brad Winter. The school board made the right choice Friday when it unanimously appointed Winter to the temporary post as it decides how to search for a permanent replacement for ex-superintendent Winston Brooks.
Brooks left under a $350,000 buyout – half what he would have made had he served out the two years left on his contract – based on an investigation paid for but not yet released by the board. Winter is likely to serve for up to a year and says he has no interest in seeking the job on a permanent basis.
If anyone knows APS and can embrace the work that needs to be done and leave the drama on the sidelines, it’s Winter, who over more than two decades with the district has worn every hat from teacher to assistant principal to administrator.
Board President Analee Maestas says “the board wanted to find someone who could smoothly guide the district through this time of transition, and we’re confident Dr. Winter is the best person for the job.”