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Search Process Timeline

As the APS Board of Education prepares to appoint a new superintendent of schools, board members are working to build a comprehensive candidate profile. The timeline highlights the milestones in the search.

Update: Scott Elder Named Acting Superintendent

Chief Operations Officer Scott Elder will step in when Superintendent Raquel Reedy retires at the end of the school year. Elder will work alongside Reedy during the next couple of months in an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible. He will serve as acting superintendent until the Board of Education hires a permanent replacement for Superintendent Reedy.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education announced on March 18, that is it suspending the search for a new superintendent until more is understood about mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

The Search Process Timeline is subject to change.

October 2019

Board Input and Planning Preparation

  • October 8, 2019: Superintendent Reedy announces retirement plans
  • October 15, 2019: Planning meeting with Board to determine general process, tentative timeline and major components for work to begin
    • Direction given on key questions such as:
      • Guiding values for the superintendent search process
      • Constituent involvement
      • Desired and required criteria for superintendent
      • Search parameters for advertising
      • Search process to use external search facilitator to manage application accession, preliminary screening and facilitate as requested
  • October 2019: Based on input from the Board, begin preparing and implementing information and logistical details including the district promotional flyer, online application form, advertising, community input methods and implementation, request for proposal from search firms
  • October 28, 2019: Board approved the superintendent search plan, knowing that adjustments may need to be made as the process and timeline proceeds

November and December 2019

Profile Development and Process

  • November 2019: Develop "Request for Proposal" and secure search firm
  • November 2019: Gather community input to develop the superintendent profile through community meetings; online survey available on district website; surveys sent directly to employees, families, students and business community
  • December 6, 2019: Deadline for input from constituents, stakeholders and Board members
  • December 11, 2019: Deadline for input to be compiled and finalized for Board review
  • December 12, 2019: Deadline for promotional flyer and online application drafts
  • December 18, 2019: Board finalizes and approves promotional flyer and online application form

January – February 2020

Recruiting and Screening

  • January 3, 2020: Recruitment window opens.
  • January 15, 2020: Board Planning Meeting.
  • January 15–16, 2020: Meet with Board members.
  • January 2020: Promotional flyer, online application and instructions published, pending search firm
  • January 2020: Distribute promotional flyer and online application instructions, pending search firm.
  • February 24, 2020: Recruitment window closes.
  • February 26, 2020: Applications available to Board for review.
  • February 26, 2020: Names of applicants released to the public.

March – Mid-April 2020

Candidate Presentation

  • March 4, 2020: Discussion of slate and determination of semi-finalist candidates. APS staff begins background check process.
  • March 19–20, 2020: First-round interviews.
  • March 21, 2020: Meet to determine finalists.
  • March 23–April 6, 2020: Background checks on finalists will be completed.
  • April 15–16, 2020: Finalist public engagement and second interviews.

Mid-April – July 2020

Selection of Finalist and Future Planning

  • April 17, 2020: Board meets to determine preferred candidate.
  • Late April 2020: Site visits, if desired.
  • Mid-May 2020: Formal announcement of the new superintendent of the Albuquerque Public Schools.
  • July 1, 2020: Superintendent resumes responsibilities.