ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque school board has selected Dr. Luis Valentino as the district’s new superintendent.
The board met Saturday in closed session for over three hours before announcing the new hire.
Fifty nine people applied for the position. This week the school board narrowed it down to three finalists.
The finalists were: Almudena Abeyta, currently deputy superintendent for teaching and learning for Santa Fe Public Schools; Michael Cardona, chief school officer for the Houston Independent Schools and Luis Valentino, associate superintendent/chief academic officer for the San Francisco United School District.
The district held several public forums this week. All three candidates interacted and answered questions from the public about topics like graduation rates, PARCC testing and early education.
Board president Don Duran says Valentino’s selection was unanimous. Valentino and the board are still negotiating a final contract and hope to have Valentino start July 1.
Valentino says he’ll present the board with a 90 day plan and hopes to quickly tackle budget issues and the achievement gap that faces lower income students.