Española Valley Schools Superintendent fired coach before resigning


ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – A search could soon begin for a new superintendent in one New Mexico school district.

Española School Board President Pablo Lujan confirmed on Wednesday that the Española Valley Schools Superintendent has resigned.

Bobbie Gutierrez’s resignation will go officially into effect on May 6 and the school board voted 3-2 to accept that resignation.

The board also voted to place Gutierrez on leave until May 6. Myra Martinez has been appointed interim superintendent.

Pablo Lujan also says that despite the board’s decision, they are happy with Gutierrez’s job performance during the year she served as superintendent.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Coach Martinez was fired by Gutierrez before she turned in her resignation on Wednesday.

This comes after her move to put head basketball coach Richard Martinez on leave. KRQE News 13 reported last month that one of the reasons for his suspension was because he led his team in prayer before the state basketball championship game, which they won. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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