Albuquerque Journal and KOB-TV filed a lawsuit Monday against the Albuquerque Public Schools board, arguing the district violated New Mexico’s open records law when it refused to make public an attorney’s report and related documents that led to former superintendent Winston Brooks’ resignation.
Brooks resigned Aug. 16 after the school board agreed to buy out the last two years of his contract for $350,000. The deal was made in a closed-door meeting.
The agreement was reached after school board President Analee Maestas in July hired private attorney Agnes Padilla to investigate an undisclosed “serious personnel issue” involving Brooks.
In Brooks’ resignation agreement, the board agreed to keep Padilla’s report in a secret personnel file and not to release it to anyone. The resignation agreement also made reference to Brooks’ wife, Ann.