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Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy has named six new administrators to fill vacancies in her leadership team, hiring all but one from within the district.
In a prepared statement released Friday, Reedy said she wants to ensure she has the best people in place to serve students. The superintendent could not be reached for further comment, but it seems she wants to keep her administration local.
Richard Bowman, who will become instructional strategic project manager, is the sole outsider, and he has history with the district.
A Los Angeles native, Bowman worked at APS in 2010 as part of a Harvard Graduate School Center for Education Policy fellowship that aimed to improve strategic data usage. He has a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND graduate school and currently serves as chief information and strategy officer for Santa Fe Public Schools.
At APS, Bowman will advise the superintendent on educational initiatives and the district Academic Master Plan, according to a job description. His salary will be $106,168 annually.
“I am looking forward to it,” Bowman told the Journal. “I am very impressed with the superintendent. I love the energy and the team.”
Besides Bowman, the new crew is made up of current or recent APS employees.
Two of them – Lucinda Sanchez, associate superintendent for special education, and Tami Coleman, chief finance officer – were interims who accepted their jobs on a permanent basis.
Sanchez, a 10-year veteran of APS, will be paid $128,750 a year. Coleman, who has been in charge of district accounting since 2008, will receive $140,000.
Another administrator, Yvonne Garcia, is coming out of retirement to serve as associate superintendent for high school education, replacing Todd Resch, who will become College & Career High School principal in the fall.
Garcia was a high school principal in the district for 14 years, most recently leading Rio Grande High from 2011 until 2014, and helped work on the district’s new academics master plan this spring. Her salary will be $128,500.
Troy Hughes, principal at Desert Ridge Mid-School for the past six years, is the new associate superintendent for elementary education. He will earn $128,750 to fill the job Reedy held until her promotion to superintendent. Previously, Hughes was principal at North Star and Double Eagle elementary schools.
The final position became vacant through tragedy.
Sandia High School principal Scott Elder was named interim chief operations officer, replacing Ruben Hendrickson, who died while hiking on Memorial Day. He will earn $140,000.
“Ruben was a friend, and it is hard,” Elder told the Journal. “I realize they are big shoes. … I think if we keep our focus on what is important, which is student achievement, we will be all right.”
With the six new staff members in place, only one senior-level administrative position remains unfilled. The district will re-advertise for the assistant superintendent for human resources. Karen Rudys will continue to do the job on an interim basis while that search goes forward.
A new deputy chief operations officer job is also on hold until a permanent COO is hired, according to APS spokesman Rigo Chavez.
The changes are part of a larger reorganization of Central Office, announced this spring to help cover a $9.5 million budget deficit. Reedy’s hires will earn less than former Superintendent Luis Valentino’s top staff, who were contracted for up to $170,000 a year.
Valentino stepped down Aug. 31 amid revelations that his handpicked deputy was facing assault and child sex assault charges in Denver. Reedy took over as interim superintendent, then got the job permanently in April.