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Overview

Wall of Superintendent Portraits. For the full list of names, please go to the page A.P.S. Superintendent History.

The APS superintendent will oversee the implementation of the district's strategic plan which calls for setting clear expectations, providing rigorous instruction, engaging students, and instituting responsive and coordinated systems.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education seeks a superintendent who will implement solutions to accelerate student achievement, engage families and the community in student success, and continue to address learning challenges exacerbated by the global pandemic.

APS educates approximately 70,000 students in 143 schools supported by 10,000 employees. The Board of Education is looking to hire an accomplished educator with a working knowledge of the opportunities and challenges urban public school districts present. The successful candidate must strongly believe in every student’s innate capabilities and show evidence of success in closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

The candidate must be committed to supporting the goals and guardrails identified by the APS Board of Education and have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to uplift student voices, bring families into decision-making, and support all staff to help realize student success. Finally, the candidate needs to understand that learning is most effective when students feel supported and have access to physical, social-emotional, and behavioral health services.

The Albuquerque Public Schools district is governed by seven board members elected to four-year terms. The board hires, supervises, evaluates, and sets the superintendent’s salary. It also has the authority to develop educational, personnel, managerial, and financial policies for the district and to adopt annual balanced operating and capital budgets. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working collaboratively and in partnership with elected/appointed school boards and other city/state elected leadership.

Goals and Guardrails

 Goals and Guardrails Banner

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has shifted how it governs, prioritizing its work to focus on student outcomes. This Student Outcomes Focused Governance framework centers on the vision and values expressed by the APS community to support what we want our students to know and be able to do.

During dozens of community meetings and countless individual conversations in the fall of 2022, the community's vision and values became clear -- they want schools to focus on literacy, math, post-secondary readiness, and the skills, habits, and mindsets that lead to success. And they expect equity, support, quality instruction, voice, and engagement. The vision and values lead to the adoption in early 2023 of the Albuquerque Public Schools Goals and Guardrails. 

To assure accountability, the Goals and Guardrails are targeted, measurable, and have start and end points and dates.

Interim Goals and Guardrails will be used to monitor progress and make adjustments toward meeting the goals.   

Goals Star APS Goals

Goal 1: Early Literacy

The percentage of third-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above on the state English Language Arts (ELA) summative assessment will increase from X in May 2023 to Y in May 2028. (Metric to be determined upon receipt of 2023 results from the state assessment but shall not be less than a 10-point increase over 5 years.)

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  • Interim Goal 1.1: The percentage of Kindergarten students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by Istation will increase from 22.6 percent in May 2023 to 28.6 percent in May 2026.
  • Interim Goal 1.2: The percentage of first-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by Istation will increase from 17 percent in May 2023 to 23 percent in May 2026.
  • Interim Goal 1.3: The percentage of second-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by Istation will increase from 18.3 percent in May 2023 to 24.3 percent in May 2026.

Goal 2: Math Proficiency

The percentage of eighth-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision and African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above on the state mathematics summative assessment will increase from 11.1% in May 2023 to 21.1% in May 2028. 

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11.1%
  • Interim Goal 2.1: The percentage of sixth-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by i-Ready will increase from 16.6% in May 2023 to 22.6% in May 2026.
  • Interim Goal 2.2: The percentage of seventh-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by i-Ready will increase from 13% in May 2023 to 19% in May 2026.
  • Interim Goal 2.3: The percentage of eighth-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by i-Ready will increase from 14% in May 2023 to 20% in May 2026.

Goal 3: Post-Secondary Readiness

The percentage of high school graduates who earn credit in two or more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Credit courses, or earn an industry certification or Bilingual Seal, will increase from 39.6% in September 2023 to 49.6% in September 2028.

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  • Interim Goal 3.1: The percentage of high school students who drop out of school will decrease from 4.2 percent in May 2023 to 3.2 percent in May 2026.
  • Interim Goal 3.2: The percentage of high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual credit courses, second-year or higher language courses, or a career pathway concentrator course will increase from 40.1 percent in May 2023 to 46.1 percent in May 2026.
  • Interim Goal 3.3: The percentage of grade 11 students who earned credit in at least one Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual credit, third-year or higher language course, or a career pathway completer course will increase from 52.1 percent in May 2023 to 58.1 percent in May 2026.

Goal 4: Skills, Habits, & Mindsets for Life Success

Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success: perseverance, self-regulation, self-efficacy, and social awareness from X in 2023 to Y in 2029 as measured by an evidence-based and aligned tool.

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  • Interim Goal 4.1: The percentage of fifth-grade students who demonstrate the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success: perseverance, self-regulation, self-efficacy, and social awareness will increase from X in 2023 to Y in 2026.
  • Interim Goal 4.2: The percentage of eighth-grade students who demonstrate the skills, mindsets, and habits most aligned to life success: perseverance, self-regulation, self-efficacy, and social awareness will increase from X in 2023 to Y in 2026.
  • Interim Goal 4.3: The percentage of tenth-grade students who demonstrate the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success: perseverance, self-regulation, self-efficacy, and social awareness will increase from X in 2023 to Y in 2026.

Progress on this goal is tracked through use of a twice-yearly survey given to students in third- through twelfth-grade. This survey measures how students feel at school and how they deal with challenges. Learn more about the Skills, Habits, and Mindsets Student Survey

Guardrails Star APS Guardrails

Guardrail 1: Wraparound Support Systems

The superintendent will not allow the district to operate with inequitable distribution of school and/or community-based wraparound and support systems.

  • Interim Guardrail 1.1: The number of school and/or community-based wraparound support at all schools will maintain or increase from 373.59 funded nurses and counselors in May 2023 to Y in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 1.2: The percentage of students who have access to social and emotional programming will increase from X in May 2023 to 100% in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 1.3: The average daily attendance rate of Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who have been identified as chronically absent by September 30 each school year will increase by 5 percentage points by the end of each school year.

Guardrail 2: Equitable Allocation of Resources 

The superintendent will not allow resources to be allocated inequitably.

  • Interim Guardrail 2.1: The teacher sub-coverage rate of tiered priority schools will increase from X in July 2023 to Y in July 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 2.2: The percentage of operational school-based resources will be allocated using a fair-student funding formula from 0 percent in 2023 to X percent in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 2.3: The percentage of unspent restricted and operational funds will decrease from X in May 2023 to Y in May 2026.

Guardrail 3: High-Quality Curriculum and Instruction

The superintendent will not allow curriculum and instruction that is not district and standards-aligned, challenging, culturally and linguistically responsive, and differentiated to meet the academic needs of all students.

  • Interim Guardrail 3.1: The percentage of classrooms using grade-level, high-quality instructional materials will increase from 30 percent in May 2023 to 70 percent in May 2026. 
  • Interim Guardrail 3.2: The percentage of observed classrooms using grade-level standard student work will increase from 38 percent in August 2023 to 70 percent in May 2026. 
  • Interim Guardrail 3.3: The percentage of classroom teachers rated as "innovating" in their use of differentiation techniques will increase from 40 percent in May 2023 to 70 in May 2026.

Guardrail 4: Family & Community Engagement 

The superintendent will not exclude parent/legal guardian, student, and community voice and engagement in school and district operations.

  • Interim Guardrail 4.1: The number of times district leadership meets with an advisory group to provide information and get feedback on the implementation of the Strategic Plan will increase from twice in SY23 to four times in SY26.
  • Interim Guardrail 4.2: The percentage of parents who report that school staff consider their opinion when making decisions about their child will increase from 77% in May 2023 to 85% in May of 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 4.3: The percentage of families participating in the Quality Education and Family Engagement Survey will increase from 20% in 2023 to 60% in 2026.

Guardrail 5: Staff Voice & Support

The superintendent will not implement programs or procedures in schools without staff voice, high-quality professional development, and essential material and human resources.

  • Interim Guardrail 5.1: The percentage of staff who report receiving adequate professional development for new instructional programs will increase from 0% in May 2023 to 70% in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 5.2: The percentage of staff who report receiving adequate district communication regarding the Strategic Plan will increase from 0% in May 2023 to 70% in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 5.3: The percentage of school Instructional Council staff who report that their opinion was considered regarding site-based decisions will increase from 0% in May 2023 to 70% in May 2026.

Monitoring Calendar

Progress reports on the goals and guardrails will be presented each month to the Board of Education. Progress will be measured using the interim goals and the interim guardrails. The board approved a five-year calendar created by the administration showing when progress reports for each goal and guardrail will be presented at public board meetings. 

Progress Monitoring Calendar July 2023 - July 2028 (PDF)

Monitoring Calendar for 2023-2024

Month Goals  Guardrails  Measures  Community Engagement & Outreach 
July 2023 


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Guardrail 1: Wraparound Support Systems (Practice Monitoring) Interim Guardrails 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Attendance and Supports)
August

 

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Guardrail 3: High-Quality Curriculum and Instruction

Interim Guardrails 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (Grade-Level, High-Quality Instructional Materials)

Emerging Stronger Summit on Goals, Guardrails, and the Strategic Plan

September Goal 3: Post-Secondary Readiness 

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Interim Goals 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 (High School Course Outcomes and High School Dropout Rates)
October  Goal 1: Early Literacy

   
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Interim Goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Grade 3 ELA NM-MSSA) (Grades K-2 ELA Istation -- Fall) 2-year Community and Engagement & Outreach is approved by the board 
November  Goal 2: Math Proficiency
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Interim Goals 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (Grade 8 Math NM-MSSA) (6-8 Math i-Ready -- Fall) Two regional town halls on goals, guardrails, and superintendent characteristics 
December  -- -- -- Legislative Open House 
January 2024 Guardrail 4: Voice & Engagement Interim  Interim Guardrails: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Family & Community Engagement) Two regional town halls with superintendent candidates 
February 

Goal 4: Skills, Habits, & Mindsets for Life Success
Goal 1: Early Literacy


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Interim Goals 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Fall Survey Results) 
Interim Goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Grades K-2 ELA Istation -- Winter)

Regional meetings about the budget 
March  Goal 2: Math Proficiency
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Interim Goals 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (6-8 Math i-Ready -- Winter) Board member outreach 
April  Goal 3: Post-Secondary Readiness Guardrail 2: Equity Interim Goals 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 (High School Course Outcomes and High School Dropout Rates); Interim Guardrails 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (Budget & Resources) Board member outreach 
May  Goal 4: Skills, Habits, & Mindsets for Life Success


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Interim Goals 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Spring Survey Results) Community engagement event focused on one goal (summer) 
June  Goal 1: Early Literacy
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Interim Goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Grades K-2 ELA Istation -- Spring)

Resources

Emerging Stronger Strategic Plan

  1. Priority I: Clear Expectations
  2. Priority II: Rigorous Instruction
  3. Priority III: Engaged Students
  4. Priority IX: Responsive and Coordinated Systems

Learn about the Emerging Stronger Strategic Plan

APS at a Glance

With its $2.1 billion budget, APS has a large economic impact on the city of Albuquerque. The school district employs about 11,000 people, including 5,000 teachers. More than 70,000 students are enrolled in APS schools.

  • 69% qualify for free or reduced-price meals
  • 19% speak English as a second language
  • 22% are enrolled in special education classes

View the At a Glance page or the APS Dashboard for more information. 

APS Superintendent History

APS has had 29 superintendents (a few served as interim superintendents) in its 133-year history. Except for John Milne, who served as superintendent for 45 years beginning in 1911, the average tenure of an APS superintendent is just under three years.

Previous Superintendents

  1. Charles Elkanah Hodgin: 1891–1897
  2. J. T. Perigo: 1897–1898
  3. Mayo E. Hickey: 1898–1902
  4. A.B. Stroup: 1902–1905
  5. James Elton Clark: 1905–1906
  6. W.D. Sterling: 1907–1911
  7. John Milne: 1911–1956
  8. Charles Spain: 1956–1965
  9. Noah C. Turpen: 1965–1966
  10. Robert L. Chisholm: 1966–1969
  11. Tom Wiley: 1969–1971
  12. Ernest Stapleton: 1971–1977
  13. Francisco D. Sanchez: 1977–1978
  14. Joseph P. Robitaille: 1978–1980
  15. Francisco D. Sanchez: 1980–1985
  16. Lillian C. Barna: 1985–1988
  17. Jack Bobroff: 1988–1994
  18. Dr. Peter P. Horoschak: 1994–1998
  19. George Bello: 1998
  20. Dr. H. Bradford Allison: 1998–2002
  21. Joe Vigil, Beth Everitt, Tom Garrity, Michael Vigil: 2002–2003
  22. Joe Vigil: April–July 2003
  23. M. Elizabeth Everitt: 2003–2007
  24. Linda Sink, Interim Superintendent: January–July 2008
  25. Winston Brooks: 2008–2014
  26. Dr. Brad Winter, Interim Superintendent: 2014–2015
  27. Dr. Luis Valentino: June–August 2015
  28. Raquel Reedy: 2015–June 2020
  29. Scott Elder: July 2020–present

Superintendent Salary Comparisons

Superintendent Base Salary and Enrollment - 2022-2023
EnrollmentMin SalaryMedian SalaryMax SalaryCount
Fewer than 300 $50,125 $106,000 $240,000 265
300 to 999 $84,000 $125,000 $330,000 772
1,000 to 2,999 $116,000 $150,000 $400,000 735
3,000 to 4,999 $66,000 $180,300 $369,326 290
5,000 to 9,999 $120,819 $200,000 $368,131 214
10,000 to 24,999 $116,000 $225,000 $400,000 117
25,000 to 49,999 $90,000 $258,000 $354,526 28
50,000 to 99,999 $253,000 $300,934 $364,000 8
100,000 or more $103,000 $297,500 $328,000 6
Mean $156,468

Read the 2022-2023 Superintendent Salary & Benefits Study for more information. 

APS Superintendent Salaries Through the Years
SuperintendentYears as a SuperintendentSalary
Lilian Barna 1985–1987 $75,000
Tom Garrity
(one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $105,000
Michael Vigil
(one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $125,000
Joseph Vigil
(one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $125,000
Beth Everitt
(when she was one of four co-superintendents)
2002–2003 $125,000
Beth Everitt
(when she became the sole superintendent)
2003–2008 $150,000–$192,934
Winston Brooks 2008–2014 $256,000–$266,316
Luis Valentino April–August 2015 $240,000
Raquel Reedy

2015 (as acting superintendent)

2016–2020 (as superintendent)

$200,000

$240,000–$276,186

Scott Elder

2020 (as acting superintendent)

20212023 (as superintendent)

$225,000

$241,020