APS Board of Education selects new District 1 board member

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- The Albuquerque Public School Board of Education has selected Yolanda Montoya-Cordova to fill the District 1 seat, that was vacated by Analee Maestas.

After allegations of fraud and embezzlement, longtime board member Analee Maestas was forced to resign.

Yolanda Montoya-Cordova is the state administrator of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. She has lived in the school district for 45 years.

At Monday morning’s meeting, board members had to pick one person from three diverse candidates, ranging in occupations from a waste management driver to a family services program director.

The two other candidates vying for the seat were Claudia Benavidez and Lee Romero.

Board members interviewed each candidate one at a time. The candidates were also be given three minutes in the beginning and two minutes at the end to sell themselves on why they would be the best fit for the board.

Each board member was also allowed to ask the candidates one question.

Cordova-Montoya will officially take office during the Nov. 15 board meeting. She will serve out the remainder of Maestas’ term, which expires in 2019.

To learn more Yolanda Montoya-Cordova, click here. 

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