ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An assistant principal at Manzano High School, Jim Chacho, has been named as a defendant in a whistleblower lawsuit stemming from his time as principal at Hoover Middle School.
Chacho is accused in the lawsuit filed Oct. 2 by Hoover school counselor Louise Adelstone with retaliating against her after she told Albuquerque Public Schools officials that some of his behaviors harmed “the interests of the students and staff” of the school.
In the lawsuit, Adelstone claims that Chacho, who became principal at Hoover during the 2013-2014 school year, was frequently absent from work, often showed up demonstrating “visible signs of intoxication,” and that he was verbally abusive to members of the school’s staff and administration.
The APS board is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. “We don’t comment on pending litigation,” said APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta.