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Posted: October 18, 2019

Not Saying Goodbye Just Yet

In her weekly message, Superintendent Reedy discusses her pending retirement.

By now, you’ve probably heard the news: I am retiring at the end of this school year. But I’m not saying goodbye, not just yet. I will be the coach of this team for eight more months, and I want to score a few more victories for our students before I go.

Remember at the beginning of the school year when I talked to you about my School Year’s Resolutions: more high school graduates, better reading and math scores, fewer students missing school, improved family engagement. None of that’s changed. I still want to see us make those things happen.

Don’t you? For the sake of our students and the future of this community?

Since announcing my retirement last week much has been said of our many achievements during my tenure as superintendent: from an eight-point increase in the graduation rate to the growth of community schools and pre-school programs to the expansion of music and art education at all elementary schools. Those aren’t my accomplishments. Those are our accomplishments. We strengthened our bilingual and dual credit programs, expanded our school choice offerings, reorganized the district to make it more responsive to neighborhoods, reached more families through community schools and better communications. We were able to achieve so much of this thanks to new and improved relationships with community partners, supporters, and friends.

Now it is time to build on those successes. 

When I hang up my public education hat after more than four decades, I want to know that I left the students, staff, and families of Albuquerque Public Schools in a better place than when I took the helm of what was then a pretty unsteady ship nearly five years ago.

As always, I need your help. I need your continued commitment to improving the academic successes and opportunities for our students. I need you, no matter what your role in APS, to keep putting students first, to keep working hard, to keep staying strong.

I decided to announce my retirement now to give the APS Board of Education and this community time to search for a replacement who can improve on what we have accomplished. I encourage you to participate in the search process. In the meantime, let’s keep doing what we have been doing because it's working. And it matters.