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Posted: April 20, 2020

APS Board of Education Names Acting Superintendent

Chief Operations Officer Scott Elder will step in when Superintendent Raquel Reedy retires at the end of the school year

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education named Chief Operations Officer Scott Elder as acting superintendent when Superintendent Raquel Reedy retires at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Reedy announced in October that she planned to retire after more than four decades in public education. The district was in the middle of a search for her replacement when the coronavirus public health crisis closed schools for the remainder of the school year. The search has been suspended until school returns as normal.

The board voted 6-0 Monday to have Elder take the helm in the interim. Board member Peggy Mueller Aragon abstained.

Elder will work alongside Reedy during the next couple of months in an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Elder is a third-generation New Mexican. He has worked for Albuquerque Public Schools since 1991 when he began his career teaching English as a Second Language at Highland High School. He has served as a principal at McKinley Middle School, the Career Enrichment Center and Early College Academy, Highland High School, and Sandia High School. AS COO for the past five years, Elder has focused on providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all Albuquerque Public Schools students.

“I am humbled by the board’s decision to name me acting superintendent,” Elder said after Monday’s meeting. “These are stressful times, and I will do my best to make sure students are at the center of every decision we make as we transition from distance learning back to the classroom. I am honored by the board’s trust in me and will continue to work alongside Superintendent Reedy and the entire APS leadership team  as we conclude this school year and prepare for the next."