Thursday, August 21, 2008
Rowe Leaving School Board Post in September
By Andrea Schoellkopf
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque school board member Gordon Rowe plans to end his term early and step down Sept. 8.
"I think that I did the major thing that I thought school board members should do, which is ... appoint a superintendent, and we got a great one," Rowe told the Journal on Wednesday before announcing his resignation at a regular school board meeting. He has been on the board since 2003.
Citing time demands because of an increased number of board meetings over the years, Rowe had announced last month that he would not seek re-election to the position when his term ended in February.
He said Wednesday he is leaving earlier because he believes he has found a qualified candidate willing to take his place. He also said that with new district goals and an upcoming board training conference in Houston, he did not think it would be fair to take on those responsibilities knowing he would be leaving.
He is recommending as his replacement former Intel Corp. community and government relations manager Jon Barela, who co-chairs the nonprofit APS Foundation. The board on Friday will talk about how to fill the post until the February election.