APS superintendent’s future still in limbo

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks
APS Superintendent Winston Brooks

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Public School Board met for a special meeting to discuss Superintendent Winston Brooks and his future with the district. Brooks’ has been the focus of a recent investigation.

Less than 30 minutes into Monday night’s meeting the board voted to go into executive session to discuss the findings of the investigation, the superintendent’s performance, evaluation, improvement plan and possibly disciplinary action.

Before the board closed the doors they asked Brooks to leave.

Last week, Board President Analee Maestas revealed that the board had hired a private attorney to investigate Brooks. She said the decision was made after a private session between board members, last month, uncovered what she called a “serious personnel issue.”

KRQE News 13 has learned the investigation into Brooks is centered around his wife. Maestas wold not confirm that Monday.

Last November, Brooks called 911 after a dispute with his wife at their Cedar Crest home. During that call Brooks told a 911 operator his wife was very angry with him and things got physical.

The call was made on the last day of Brooks’ three day suspension from APS. He was suspended for controversial tweets about Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

Last week, the board deadlocked on going into an executive session to discuss the report. A seventh board member Steven Michael Quezada was absent.

On Monday night, it was quite the opposite after a unanimous vote sent the board into executive session. The School Board ended the private meeting just after 10 p.m. Monday, more than five hours after it began. At that point, the School Board only stating that they discussed Brooks’ contract and discipline, but refused to elaborate or speak with reporters afterward.

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