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Union wants Reedy as permanent APS chief

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools acting Superintendent Raquel Reedy is getting a major endorsement from the teachers union.

REEDY: Long-time district administrator

REEDY: Long-time district administrator

Members of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation will lobby for Reedy to become permanent superintendent during public forum at Wednesday’s board of education meeting.

The union publicly backed Reedy in October and is reiterating the message as the board considers options for the top job.

Ellen Bernstein, ATF president, stressed that the district needs stability, not another change.

“We have gone through enough,” she said. “We have been holding down the fort.”

In less than two years, APS has cycled through four leaders: Winston Brooks, Brad Winter, Luis Valentino and Reedy.

Valentino took the helm this past summer and was gone three months later, resigning amid revelations that his hand-picked deputy was facing child sex assault and assault charges in Denver.

The board asked Reedy, a long-time APS administrator, to step in for at least the next 10 months.

Bernstein said teachers have been happy with her tenure and feel that she can help address concerns like heavy workloads and over-testing.

“With district issues, the superintendent makes a big difference, and to change again means our issues get kicked to the back again,” Bernstein said. “We need a superintendent who understands the importance of creating a district that supports and respects the people in the schools.”

Recently elected board president Dave Peercy told the Journal that board members will meet in closed session to discuss the superintendent position this month. Options include extending Reedy’s contract as acting superintendent, offering her the job outright or conducting a search.

Reedy has not said whether she wants to stay on.

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