ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque chapter of the NAACP is calling APS’ decision regarding former Sandia High athletic director Tom Knauber offensive.
As KRQE News 13 reported last month, Knauber was under investigation for allegedly planting pot paraphernalia in head basketball coach Alvin Broussard’s office.
Last week APS decided to remove Knauber from his job as Sandia High AD but placed him on a high priority hire list that could get him another job at another school within the district.
But in a letter sent to APS superintendent Winston Brooks, Albuquerque NAACP head Dr. Harold Bailey says the group is “extremely disappointed” with the decision.
Bailey points to Knauber’s past. Former Sandia hoops head coach Adrian Ortega told the Albuquerque Journal earlier this year that Knauber had forced him out through untrue allegations.
“Two similar controversial acts committed by the same person should preclude any special treatment,” Bailey wrote.
Bailey tells News 13 he believes if the roles were reversed, Broussard would’ve been punished far more severely and questions whether race played a factor in the decision.
APS spokesperson Monica Armenta says the district will meet with Bailey to hear his concerns. However, Armenta adds that without new evidence the district is unlikely to change its decision.
Broussard’s attorney tells News 13 his client is still considering legal action against Knauber, APS or both, but declined an on-camera interview for this story.