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Posted June 23, 2016

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Supt Names New Members to Admin Team

Superintendent Raquel Reedy has filled several top administrative positions.

It is with much excitement and enthusiasm that I welcome new members to the district’s administrative team. This morning I filled several vacancies that occurred over the past few months. Most are familiar faces to the district – some were serving as interims in their position, while others are joining us from schools or another district.

Dr. Richard Bowman, currently chief information and strategy officer for the Santa Fe Public Schools, will be the new Instructional Strategic Project Manager. Some may recall Richard’s work with the district as a strategic data project fellow under the program sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Center for Education Policy.

Troy Hughes, currently principal at Desert Ridge Mid-School, will be the new Associate Superintendent for Elementary Education, filling the spot left vacant when I was appointed superintendent. Thanks to Diane Kerschen, who has done a masterful job of managing the district’s 88 elementary schools over the past 10 months. Troy was principal at North Star and Double Eagle elementary schools before taking the reins at Desert Ridge six years ago, so he is returning to his elementary roots.

Yvonne Garcia is coming out of retirement to lead the district’s high schools as Associate Superintendent for High School Education. Yvonne has been helping lead discussions around the district’s Academic Master Plan, so she is very familiar with the curriculum work that the district has been doing over the past year.

Tami Coleman, who has been filling in as interim Chief Finance Officer, has accepted the position on a permanent basis. Tami, who had been in charge of accounting for the district for the past eight years, helped lead the district through another difficult budget process this year as we made up an anticipated $8.5 million shortfall.

Lucinda Sanchez, who stepped in as interim after the previous Associate Superintendent for Special Education retired, has accepted that position on a permanent basis. Lucinda served as principal at Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary for four years and was previously an instructional manager and support principal for special education in the district.

Scott Elder, who has been principal at Sandia High School for the past two years and was at Highland High for four years prior to that, will serve as interim Chief Operations Officer for the next year. Scott’s experience managing facilities and budgets should serve him well in this position.

I will be re-advertising for an Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. While we did get qualified applicants for the position, I would like to cast a wider net to see if we can get the best fit for the district. Karen Rudys will continue to fill in as interim while that search goes forward.

Like I said, I am excited to begin working with all members of the team in the coming weeks as we prepare for the start of the fall semester in August. It’s a good team that will allow me to work cooperatively with the Board, other administrators, teachers, parents, students and the community, as we continue to move the district forward and provide the kind of education that will serve our students well in the years to come.

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