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Posted: December 20, 2018

Superintendent’s Contract Extended

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday, Dec. 19, to extend Superintendent Raquel Reedy’s contract by a year to June 2021.

School Board President Dr. David Peercy credited Superintendent Reedy with providing stability for the district. He also praised her collaborative, nurturing nature.

“During Superintendent Reedy’s tenure, we have seen academic gains, fiscally responsible governing and improved relationships with families and our community partners,” Dr. Peercy said. “Extending this contract allows Superintendent Reedy and her team to continue to work on improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all APS students.”

Raquel Reedy was named acting superintendent in August 2015 and superintendent eight months later. Her current contract includes an annual salary of $248,727. Like most APS administrators, the superintendent receives raises that reflect the average annual raise provided to APS teachers. This school year, teachers received an average raise of about 3 percent.

In the three years since Superintendent Reedy first took the helm for Albuquerque Public Schools, the district has seen improved graduation rates and state test scores. It has received millions of dollars in grants for innovative programs and schools. And it has made budget adjustments that on average put more money into classrooms and schools than other New Mexico public school districts.

In the first year of her tenure, the superintendent and her leadership team developed an Academic Master Plan that emphasizes five priorities (nicknamed the Supt’s Big 5): Early Learning, The Whole Child, College and Career Readiness, Community and Parent Engagement, and Attendance. In addition, to better meet the needs of a large school district that expands over 1,200 square miles with 13 million feet of instructional space, Superintendent Reedy and her team developed four Learning Zones to tailor-fit services and resources to neighborhood schools.

“I want to thank the Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to continue the work I began more than four decades ago as an APS special education teacher,” Superintendent Reedy said. “I am as committed now as I was when I first entered the classroom to making sure our students get the support they need to graduate with the skills, knowledge, and ability to succeed in a highly competitive and rapidly changing world.”

Superintendent Reedy began her career as a teacher of the visually impaired in Boston in 1974. She started with APS in 1977 as a special education teacher at Atrisco Elementary. After an eight-year stint as a personnel specialist in the APS Human Resources Department, she served as principal at E.G. Ross and Mitchell elementary schools before being named associate superintendent for elementary education in 2007, supervising 45 elementary schools.

Superintendent Reedy holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Austin.