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Posted: January 25, 2013

APS Board Approves Superintendent Contract Extension through June 2016

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has approved a one-year contract extension for APS Superintendent Winston Brooks, which means his current contract continues through June 30, 2016.

Board members completed an evaluation of the superintendent earlier this month and approved the one-year contract extension at a special meeting Wednesday evening. The extension of the three-year rolling contract came one day before APS reported improving its 4-year graduation rate to 70.1 percent.

“The superintendent continues to have the full support of the board,” said APS Board of Education President Paula Maes.

“I think he is the best superintendent Albuquerque Public Schools has had in decades, not just years, but decades,” added board  member David Robbins.

Brooks said he is eager to continue to work with the board of education, teachers, administrators, all APS staff, students and the community. “Together we can continue to move the district forward,” Brooks added.

The new contract does not include a salary raise. According to the contract, raises for the superintendent are tied to teacher raises and there was no salary increase for APS teachers this year. Brooks will continue to earn an annual salary of $250,000.

The board did approve changes to the contract including the timeframe for his annual review and when his contract extension must be considered. The new contract sets the date for the board to decide on a contract extension to Nov. 30, the previous contract set the date as Jan. 31.

According to the new contract the board also must let the superintendent know by Nov. 30, if they do not intend to extend or renew his contract.