APS Board of Education approves contract for superintendent Elder


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –Albuquerque Public Schools held a Special Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 12. During the meeting, the Board approved a contract for Superintendent Scott Elder.

Board President David Peercy, Peggy Muller Aragon, and Lorenzo Garcia appeared in person in the APS Board Room while members Candelaria Patterson, Barbara Petersen, and Elizabeth Armijo, and Yolanda Cordova chose to join remotely.

The board approved a three-year contract that has a base salary of $225,000 a year along with between $50,000 and $60,000 in benefits which include a take-home vehicle. While the contract was approved unanimously, some expressed concern about the salary.

“His income is low, it’s low for a district this size given what we do, largest in the state and 32nd largest district in the country, pretty low salary,” said APS Board Member Candelaria Patterson. Members agreed that they could revisit the salary next year.

Raquel Reedy was making $276,000 a year when she retired last year.

The meeting highlighted other issues including the consideration of approval of design development for the Jackson Middle School classroom block and the consideration of approval of design development for the replacement of school buildings at Sandia Base Elementary School.

A full agenda for the meeting can be found online.

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