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Posted February 13, 2017

Supt. Reedy Thanks Outgoing Board Members, Welcomes New Ones

In her weekly message to employees, Superintendent Raquel Reedy appreciates the dedication of past, current and future members of the APS Board of Education.

It was a big week for us. The Bernalillo County Clerk certified election results Friday. More ballots were cast in Tuesday's school board election than any other. It warms the heart to see people show up for Albuquerque Public Schools.

On March 1, the four elected officials who all won their races by large margins will be sworn in.

Among them are two highly respected incumbents, Dr. David Peery of District 7 and Lorenzo Garcia of District 3. We’re grateful to have Dr. Peercy and Mr. Garcia stay with us for a third term on the board. Their experience, sound reasoning, balanced perspective, comprehensive knowledge of the district and genuine desire to see Albuquerque Public Schools thrive is uplifting.

I’d also like to congratulate Candy Patterson who will represent District 5 which includes parts of the Westside and Elizabeth Armijo in District 6 representing parts of the Northeast Heights and East Mountains. We welcome our two new board members and will do everything possible to help them navigate the district so they are prepared to take on the enormous responsibilities inherent to serving on this board.

I'm excited to work alongside these board members. But I must admit I'm a bit emotional, too, about the changes that are about to take place.

You see, board members Dr. Don Duran and Steven Michael Quezada chose not to seek re-election, and I will miss their passion, humor and dedication. They truly care about the children we serve and the staff we work with.

I know you’ll join me in extending gratitude to Dr. Duran and Mr. Quezada. They served during some of the most difficult times for our district and had to make some very hard decisions. But they also accomplished so much:  progress in closing the achievement gap, expansion of school options for families, collaboration and outreach with teachers, principals and community members. And they did all of this as state funding for public education continues to shrink.

I admire their courage. I admire the relentless approach both elected officials took when pursuing ideas they felt strongly about implementing. I admire their grace, convictions and willingness to do what they felt was right.

I'm a fan of the TV show "The West Wing." Do you remember the popular show from about a decade ago? There was one episode in which fictional President Josiah Bartlet expounds that the decisions made by a local board of education sometimes have more impact on a community than those made in Congress or the Oval Office. There’s a lot of truth to that.

Those who dedicate their time, talent and personal resources to public education certainly don’t do it for the accolades. It's a lot of work and it often goes unappreciated. Not by me. And I hope not by you. Please join me in showing our appreciation to past, present and future Board of Education members for their willingness to protect, advocate and celebrate Albuquerque Public Schools.

If you'd like to reach out to Dr. Duran and Mr. Quezada during their final couple of weeks in office, you can email them at and

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