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Posted: March 2, 2021

Superintendent Finalist Forums and Interviews

The week of March 1

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education is hosting community forums with the three superintendent finalists, followed by public interviews by board members, the week of March 1. The forums will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by interviews from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., on Monday and Tuesday, March 1-2, and Thursday. March 4. 

One of the finalists, Dr. Ushma Shah, withdrew her application, so the schedule has been updated. Read Dr. Shah's letter of withdrawal.

How To Watch 

Watch the Recordings

Finalist Forum and Interview Schedule
DateCandidateForum TimeInterview Time
Monday, March 1 Ignacio Ruiz 6-7 p.m. 7:15-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2 Scott Elder 6-7 p.m. 7:15-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 4 Dr. Bolgen Vargas 6-7 p.m. 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Overview of Format

Each community forum will be an opportunity to hear from the superintendent finalists on various important topics. 

More than 300 questions were collected from community members, employees, parents, and students through the online submission portal at A chief search associate from Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates gathered the questions and is working to combine similar questions to ask the finalists as many questions on as many topics as possible.

Each forum will be followed by an interview by the Board of Education interview of the finalist. The interviews, like the forums, will be live-streamed on YouTube.

Community Feedback is Needed

Public feedback on the candidates is important to the Board of Education. It will be considered as they help them decide who will be the next superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Links to Feedback Forms

Each link will become available when the candidate's forum begins.

  • March 1: Ignacio Ruiz, the deadline for feedback has passed.
  • March 2: Scott Elder, the deadline for feedback has passed.
  • March 4: Dr. Bolgen Vargas, the deadline for feedback has passed.