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Posted: February 3, 2020

Top Quality for New Superintendent: Puts Student Needs First

The results from an online survey and community meetings also showed a public preference for the new superintendent to be a seasoned educator.

In early November, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education started its search for a successor to Superintendent Raquel Reedy, who announced her plan to retire at the end of the school year.

 It began with more than a dozen community meetings and an online survey to collect public input regarding the qualities and characteristics desired in the new superintendent. The survey and community meetings focused on four topics:

  • Experience, qualifications and personal characteristics
  • Strengths of the district
  • Challenges faced by the district
  • The best feature of Albuquerque and New Mexico (asked at meetings only)

Overview of Survey Results 

The results were presented to the board just before winter break.  (more than 8,200 responses) 

Most Important Characteristics for the Next Superintendent

  1. Puts the needs of students first
  2. Possesses background in education
  3. Promotes safety and security in the schools and across the district
  4. Encourages transparency at all levels of the district
  5. Takes responsibility for decisions and actions

District's Top 3 Strengths

  1. Student diversity
  2. School choice options (access to magnet and charter schools)
  3. Culture, language, and history of community 

District's Top 3 Challenges

  1. Teacher shortage
  2. Low pay 
  3. Class sizes

Overview of Community Meeting Results

(About 220 participating community members)

Most Important Characteristics for the Next Superintendent

  1. Background and experience in education (specifically classroom or school level)
  2. Experience working with diverse populations in a large school district
  3. Ability to establish and sustain community partnerships
  4. Puts the needs of students first (and values student voice)
  5. Values equity, integrity, and transparency 

District's Top 3 Strengths

  1. Quality of staff, administration, and Board of Education
  2. School choice including the diversity of charter schools and community schools initiative
  3. Bilingual programs and the bilingual diploma seal

District's Top 3 Challenges 

  1. Low graduation and high drop-out rates
  2. Lack of funding, hiring and retaining qualified staff, and the size of the district
  3. Poverty, student, and mental health challenges

What Do You Like About Living in Albuquerque?

  1. Culture, language, and history of community
  2. Weather, outdoor environment and recreational opportunities
  3. The friendly people and the vibrant arts community