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Posted April 24, 2015

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APS Board Signs New Superintendent Contract

Three-year contract starts with salary of $240,000 per year

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has approved and signed a contract for incoming Supt. Luis Valentino.

In a special meeting this morning, the board approved a three-year contract with an annual salary of $240,000, for Dr. Valentino, who was hired earlier this month and will succeed interim Supt. Dr. Brad Winter. The new superintendent will be eligible for annual raises equal to average annual raises received by teachers in the district.

The contract, which runs July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018, also includes benefits such as medical insurance and a supplemental retirement plan. The district will contribute $20,000 to the retirement plan in 2015-16; $30,000 in 2016-17 and $35,000 in 2017-18.

“We are happy to have a signed contract in place and are now ready for Dr. Valentino to begin his work in continuing to move the district forward,” said APS Board of Education President Don Duran.

Dr. Valentino, who has been associate superintendent of curriculum and chief academic officer in the San Francisco Unified School District since 2012, said he is looking forward to starting his new position in Albuquerque.

“I am overjoyed at being selected to serve as the Superintendent for the Albuquerque Public Schools.  I am eager to begin the work of transforming APS into a high performing and nationally recognized school district.” Dr. Valentino said, noting that he will be visiting the district next month and several other times throughout the summer before his contract officially begins on July 1.

“Success will come through our collective efforts, building on the assets and rich diversity found in the school district,” said Dr. Valentino, who was not at this morning’s meeting.

The board has been negotiating the contract since they offered Dr. Valentino the position on April 11; however, the contract was not signed until this morning.

A copy of the contract is here.