Former Sandia AD joins charter school as Dean of students

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – News 13 obtained the surveillance video that APS Police says shows former Sandia Athletic Director Tom Knauber going into a basketball coach’s office with a bag and coming out empty handed, two days before he told police the coach had drug paraphernalia in his office.

The district says the APS police investigation was never criminal, just informational.

They did, however, forward the case to the District Attorney’s office to determine whether Knauber should face charges of planting evidence in basketball coach Alvin Broussard’s office.

APS transferred Knauber to Volcano Vista High School as a social studies teacher, but News 13 has learned he’ll instead be making his debut as Dean of Students at SAMS Academy, a state charter school on the west side.

“We are proud to have Tom Knauber join our team. Coach Knauber has served New Mexico’s kids for over 20 years as a teacher, an administrator, athletic director, and as a coach,” said Scott Glasrud, head administrator for SAMS Academy. “We are excited about the expertise he brings to SAMS Academy and our students.”

Broussard’s attorney Leon Howard says SAMS Academy, like APS, is “making a choice not to protect its students and staff.”

“With the overwhelming evidence of Mr. Knauber’s criminal behavior directed at Coach Broussard, it is unfortunate that neither of these school systems chose to to stand up for students and teachers,” Howard said.

“As a parent, I would not be comfortable with Mr. Knuaber roaming the halls of my child’s school,” he added.

APS Police say the surveillance video shows Knauber pulling into Sandia High School’s parking lot on the Friday of Spring Break.

Surveillance video then shows him walking down the hallway toward Broussard’s office, holding a bag in his hand.

“Two minutes later, he is seen looking up and down the hallway with nothing left in his hand,” a detective wrote in the police report, adding the bag resembles the one later found in Broussard’s office.

When school resumed that Monday, APS Police say Knauber told them he got an anonymous phone message saying there may be contraband in Broussard’s office.

According to the report, Knauber then took an APS officer into Broussard’s office, where he retrieved a plastic bag that contained a “small digital scale, grinder, and a number of small baggies” from underneath a cabinet.

When Knauber’s story started to change, APS police turned their attention on him.

“While there is no specific evidence to positively link Mr. Knauber with planting evidence in Alvin Broussard’s office, there are a number of circumstantial facts that cannot be ignored,” the report says.

Knauber’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

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