ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Public Schools Board voted unanimously to elect Dr. Brad Winter as interim superintendent. Winter, a former aps leader and current city councilor, will acting superintendent until a permanent replacement for Winston Brooks is found.
Winter, 62, recently retired as the APS Chief Operations Officer after more than 20 years with the school system. He graduated from Highland High School and the University of New Mexico. Winter became assistant principal at his alma mater Highland and later La Cueva before finally being promoted as APS COO.
He retired to focus on his city councilor duties.
Last Friday, Brooks resigned as head of the state’s largest school district. His resignation came after an attorney hired by Board President Analee Maestas completed an investigation into a “serious personnel issue.” He will get a $350,000 buyout. The Public Education Department still has to approve Brooks’ settlement agreement.
The APS Board narrowed down the pool of candidates for interim superintendent to four Thursday night.
Friday, the board went into executive session to interview Winter along with Veronica Garcia who was education secretary under Bill Richardson, retired former assistant APS Superintendent Diego Gallegos and former Jemez Valley Superintendent David Atencio.
Each of the board members scored the candidates. The board then compiled the scores and discussed their options. Then the board met with the Winter to talk about job expectations and contract terms, including salary and benefits, before reconvening in open session to appoint the interim superintendent.
Winter will now work with the board president and aps lawyers to work on a contract that will be approved at the next scheduled board meeting.
The interim will be on an eight and a half month contract and will serve until the board has named a permanent superintendent.