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Posted: September 9, 2015

Raquel Reedy Named Acting Superintendent

Board of Education accepts Dr. Luis Valentino's resignation.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has accepted the resignation of Dr. Luis Valentino as superintendent. The board approved the voluntary resignation and settlement agreement at a special meeting Monday morning.

“Given the parties differing views of the current incidents and challenges in the District, and believing they have fundamental differences regarding the future of the District, an agreement has been reached which allows Dr. Valentino the ability to pursue other career interests and permits the Board to hire another superintendent,” the Board and Valentino said in a joint statement.

Valentino’s resignation is effective Oct. 1, 2015. However, as of today, he no longer will serve as superintendent. Raquel Reedy, the APS associate superintendent for elementary education, was appointed acting superintendent.

Valentino will be paid his full salary and benefits through Oct. 1. He then will receive an $80,000 settlement, according to the agreement, which must be approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department and a district court judge.

“Dr. Valentino and the Board have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests to move forward in this way,” the joint statement read. “While the Board and Dr. Valentino are disappointed that the employment relationship did not work out, their agreement seeks a productive transition for all involved.”

The agreement includes a letter of resignation from Valentino and a letter of reference from the Board.

“Dr. Valentino thanks the Board of Education for providing him with the opportunity to serve in the Albuquerque Public Schools. A school district is measured by the commitment of the Board, staff and community to its children and their achievement. This District is indeed so committed,” the statement read.

“The board similarly extends its best wishes to Dr. Valentino in his future endeavors and expresses is appreciation to Dr. Valentino for his dedication to APS, his efforts and hard work while serving as superintendent of this District.”

The statement concludes by saying the board will begin its search for a new superintendent in cooperation with community partners.

In the meantime, Reedy will serve as acting superintendent. An educator for more than four decades, Reedy began her career as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Boston in 1974. She started with APS in 1976 as a special education teacher at Atrisco Elementary.  

After an eight-year stint as a personnel specialist in the APS Human Resources Department, Reedy served as principal at E.G. Ross and Mitchell elementaries before being named associate superintendent for elementary education in 2007, supervising 45 elementary schools.

She 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.