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Board of Education Participation in Organizations

Members of the APS Board of Education represent the district, both as board members and as citizens, by participating in many organizations throughout the community.

Their involvement is an important aspect in how they serve their constituents, including the students of APS. In some organizations, specific board members are the “official” representatives, and in others, all APS board members have the opportunity to participate.

Board members also serve on boards and in organizations as citizens.

Internal Organizations

Community Capital Advisory Commission (CCAC)

The commission comprises community members who have advisory oversight of the school district’s capital master plan and provide a review of the progress of the planning and expenditures of capital funds to the APS Board of Education, the superintendent and the community. Josefina Domínguez is the board representative on CCAC.

Equity Advisory Council

The key role of this advisory council is to ensure equitable practices to engage and advocate for students, families and employees of APS. The council reviews key policies, procedures, and programs to ensure needed support is provided to students and families. APS board members are invited to attend the meetings on a rotating basis.

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

The APS District School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is required by state and federal law and is empowered by the policies and procedures of the APS Board of Education.  As an advisory body, SHAC provides guidance, recommendations and other assistance to the Board of Education and APS administration regarding all areas of coordinated school health.  The board members serving on the district council are Peggy Muller-Aragόn and Danielle Gonzales.

Calendar Committee

The district has an annual instructional school year calendar committee made up of school and district staff, parents, community members and a board representative to review, develop and recommend calendars for the upcoming school year that have an academic focus to ensure students and teachers are in school for uninterrupted instructional time. The board member serving on this committee is Courtney I. Jackson.

External Organizations

APS Education Foundation

The foundation is a 501(c) (3) that raises private support and public awareness of the district and its students through a variety of initiatives that supplement major programs: fine arts, middle/high school activities, literacy and classroom teacher mini-grants.  President Yolanda Montoya-Cordova serves on the foundation’s board, and Vice President Muller- Aragόn will fill in when President Montoya-Cordova is unavailable.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Community Schools Partnership

The partnership is a joint powers agreement with the APS Board of Education, the Albuquerque City Council, Mayor Tim Keller, the Bernalillo County Commission, United Way, Albuquerque Business Education Compact and other community sponsors to work collaboratively to support the development of community schools in the district. The mission is to create cooperative working relationships with the business community, social service agencies, government agencies, faith-based organizations, civic groups, neighborhood associations and post-secondary institutions that lead to increased family involvement and student academic achievement. Currently, the board members serving on the partnership are Peggy Muller-Aragόn and Barbara Petersen, as well as Superintendent Elder. Board Member Montoya-Cordova attends meetings in her professional role as a state employee.

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Commission

The City of Albuquerque and the County of Bernalillo invited Albuquerque Public Schools to participate on the commission as an advisory member in 2019. The commission recommends processes to identify areas that can be more effectively coordinated; reviews and recommends any new or revised agreements between the city, county and the district; provides policy guidance on areas governed by joint agreements, and reviews and recommends proposed legislation among the three entities that affects all jurisdictions. Board Member Gonzales and Board Member Montoya-Cordova serve as non-voting members on the commission. Depending on the topic area, other board members may be invited to attend for board members Gonzales and Montoya-Cordova.

Albuquerque Youth Symphony (AYS)

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony provides children with high quality music education.  AYS was formed in 1955 as a collaborative project between the Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico. Students from more than 40 public, private, parochial, and home schools within a 50-mile radius of Albuquerque participate.  Board Member Crystal Tapia-Romero serves on the AYS board.

Economic Forum

The forum is a non-partisan business leaders group founded in 1982 dedicated to the continued improvement of the community.  Its efforts involve educating and informing decision makers from the business, government and education sectors about significant issues and concerns facing the community. All APS board members have the opportunity to participate in this organization.

Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce's mission is to work every day to make the community a place where businesses can grow and prosper and where people want to raise their families.  Part of the organization’s mission is for Albuquerque to have a world-class education system.

Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG)

The Mid-Region Council of Governments is a multi-county governmental agency that helps the region plan responsibly for future growth. Representing the counties of Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance, and Sandoval, the council provides planning services in the areas of transportation, agriculture, workforce development, employment growth, land-use, water, and economic development.

Additionally, APS has been serving on the executive board. (The Los Lunas, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque Public School districts take turns serving on the executive board in two-year rotations, although APS has been serving in this role since 2013.) Board Member Petersen also will serve on the executive board with Board Member Crystal Tapia-Romero serving as the alternate.

School Board Governance and Operations/Professional Development

Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS)

The Council of the Great City Schools works to promote urban education through legislation, research, instruction, management, technology, and other special projects. The organization helps to build capacity in urban education with programs to boost academic performance and narrow achievement gaps; improve professional development; enhance the opportunity to learn; and strengthen leadership, governance, and management. The council is governed by a board of directors composed of one superintendent and school board member from each of the largest school districts in the country.

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)

This organization works to bring together Latinos who are in educational public offices and other leadership positions to improve educational outcomes for Latino students.  Board members who receive scholarships for the national NALEO workshops on educational issues attend.

National School Board Association (NSBA)

The National School Board Association represents more than 90,000 local school board members who are dedicated to educating every child to his or her fullest potential and committed to leadership for student achievement. All board members are members of the association.

New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA)

The New Mexico School Boards Association provides development and support for local boards of education in New Mexico. The NMSBA is the member organization for all of New Mexico's school boards to support their efforts in providing a quality education for all students of New Mexico. The NMSBA serves its members through advocacy at the state and federal level; leadership development services and training for local school boards; and encourages collaboration with community, elected officials and other educational organizations for the benefit of New Mexico’s children. Board Member Barbara Petersen is the at-large member on the association’s board and serves on the Resolutions Committee.


Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce is to improve the quality of life in the Hispanic community by promoting economic and educational opportunities with an emphasis on small business.

Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA, formerly AED)

AREA is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is committed to the economic prosperity of the greater Albuquerque region and job growth. AREA serves as an umbrella organization to promote investment in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties and actively recruits companies that export goods or services from New Mexico.

Superintendent Business Advisory Council (SBAC)

This informal business group is a sounding board and advocate for APS.

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SuperSAC)

The superintendent meets monthly with representatives from Albuquerque Public Schools high schools and schools of choice to garner student input on issues and district policy. Board members are invited on a rotating basis.