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Posted April 2, 2015

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APS Board Selects Six Superintendent Semi-Finalists

The Board of Education plans to interview the six on Thursday, April 9.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education selected six candidates Thursday to interview for the superintendent’s job. They were chosen from a pool of 59 applicants.

The board plans to interview the semi-finalists next Thursday, April 9, to further narrow the field. The finalists will participate in public forums on Thursday night and Friday. The board then plans to meet Saturday, April 11, to select the new superintendent.  

“The board has chosen a strong group of semi-finalists for the superintendent’s job, and we look forward to talking with each of them about their experience, vision and goals for Albuquerque Public Schools,” said Board President Dr. Donald Duran. “Once we’ve selected the finalists, we encourage the public to participate in our public forums, so they have a chance to meet them, listen to what they have to say and ask questions.”

The six semi-finalists are:

  • Almudena Abeyta, deputy superintendent for teaching and learning for Santa Fe Public Schools.
  • Michael Cardona, chief school officer for Houston Independent Schools
  • Veronica Garcia, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children and former New Mexico Public Education Department secretary
  • Angelica Ramsey, chief academic officer for Santa Clara County (California) Office of Education
  • Rolando Trevino, superintendent of schools for Lockhart Independent School District (Texas)
  • Luis Valentino, associate superintendent/chief academic officer for San Francisco United School District.

The first of the public forums is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in the John Milne Board Room of the APS Building at 6400 Uptown Blvd. It will be broadcast live on KANW – 89.1 FM radio.

Three additional forums will be held on Friday, April 10:

  • One for staff and students at 7 a.m.
  • One for business and government officials at 11:30 a.m.
  • A second for staff and students at 4 p.m.

“Anyone will be welcome at any of the forums, we just thought we would schedule four different times to make the candidates available to anyone who wanted a chance to hear from them and ask questions,” Duran said.