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APS Announces Several Principal Changes

July 1, 2009

The Albuquerque Public Schools has announced several principal changes at all levels for the 2009-2010 school year.

Mike Bachicha has been named the new principal of Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School. Bachicha, who had been principal at Sandia High School since 2005, was placed on paid administrative leave last month while APS investigated allegations of violations of district policy and procedures. The investigation is ongoing and because it involves personnel matters, the district is unable to comment further.

Bachicha, who began his career with APS as a PE teacher in 1976, has experience as a middle school principal, having served in that capacity at Taylor Middle School from 1999 to 2005.

Kevin Cummings, an assistant principal at Sandia High School who also was placed on administrative leave in June, has been reassigned as assistant principal at Grant Middle School. Cummings was an assistant principal at Taylor Middle School from 1999 to 2005. He also was an assistant principal at Del Norte High before moving to Sandia in 2007.

“The internal investigations at Sandia High School are ongoing, but at this stage the allegations are not substantial enough to keep Mr. Bachicha and Mr. Cummings from continuing their administrative careers with the district,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Marcie Johnson, who had been principal at Lyndon B. Johnson for 14 years, will move to Madison Middle School. She began her career as a middle school teacher at Ernie Pyle.

Paul Roney, who had been assistant principal at Eldorado High School since 2004, has been appointed principal of Grant Middle School, replacing Ed Briggs, who retired last month. Roney began his career as a special education teacher at Rio Grande High School 20 years ago.

Renee Mestas has been named principal of Bel Air Elementary School. She comes from the Moriarity School District, where she was the director of bilingual services.

Susan Neddeau has been appointed principal of Lavaland Elementary School. Neddeau comes from Bernalillo Public Schools, where she was the principal of Santo Domingo Elementary School and also is a former middle school principal.

The district is currently interviewing for a new principal at Sandia and for assistant principals at several schools.

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