Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico

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Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Brad Winter
Enrollment:94,318 students
Graduation rate:68.7%[1]
Number of schools:159
Budget: $654 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Analee Maestas
Board members:7
Term length:4
Albuquerque Public Schools is a school district in New Mexico that served 94,318 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the largest by enrollment in the state of New Mexico.

About the district

Albuquerque Public Schools is located in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

Albuquerque Public Schools is located in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The county seat is Albuquerque. Bernalillo County is home to 674,221 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Bernalillo County overperformed compared to the rest of New Mexico in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.8 percent of Bernalillo County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.6 percent for New Mexico as a whole. The median household income for Bernalillo County was $48,398 compared to $44,886 for the state of New Mexico. The percentage of people below poverty level for Bernalillo County was 17.3 percent while it was 19.5 percent for the state of New Mexico.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Bernalillo County (%) New Mexico (%)
White 85.1 82.9
Black or African American 3.4 2.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 5.7 10.4
Asian 2.7 1.6
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or more race 2.9 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 48.8 47.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 55.6 39.4
2008 59.9 38.8
2004 51.3 47.5
2000 60.6 58.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The interim superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools is Dr. Brad Winter. Appointed to the position by the school board in August 2014, Winter agreed to temporarily fill the role until the district can find a permanent replacement. Winter had retired from the district just months earlier as chief operations officer. During his 22-year career in the district he had also been a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and director of the APS Capital Master Plan. Winter earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of New Mexico. He is a current member of the Albuquerque City Council.[7]

School board

Albuquerque Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms by geographic electoral districts.[8]

Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Analee Maestas 1 2011 2019
Peggy L. Muller-Aragon 2 2015 2019
Lorenzo L. Garcia 3 2009 2017
Barbara Petersen 4 2015 2019
Steven Michael Quezada 5 2013 2017
Donald Duran 6 2013 2017
David E. Peercy 7 2009 2017

School board elections

See also: Albuquerque Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Albuquerque Public Schools board of education are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every odd-numbered year. Three seats are up for election on February 3, 2015 and four seats are up for election in 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Albuquerque Public Schools board of education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[9]

The Board of Education shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to comment, subject to reasonable restraints, regarding their concerns, complaints, or commendations during a public forum at regular meetings of the Board of Education. Individuals participating in public comment at a Board of Education meeting shall be subject to provisions in Board of Education procedural directive. This procedural directive shall outline:
  • Time restraints on public comment
  • Expectations of Board of Education member decorum, behavior and etiquette during public comment
  • Expectations of speaker decorum, behavior and etiquette during public comment
  • Procedures for signing up to speak and participate in public comment
  • Expectations of audience decorum, behavior and etiquette
  • Enforcement procedures if a member of the public fails to meet expected decorum, behavior and etiquette.

Though not general practice, the presiding Board of Education member may permit public comment at special or committee meetings. Individuals participating in public comment at a special or committee meeting shall be subject to provisions in Board of Education procedural directive described above.

Individuals who violate decorum, behavior and etiquette standards outlined by the Board of Education may be subject to criminal charges and may be prohibited from future meetings.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Albuquerque Public Schools:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $469,430,433 74.9% $62,330,826 9.9% $94,632,434 15.1% $0 0% $9,000 0% $626,483,987
2013-2014 $572,600,000 91.1% $22,400,000 3.6% $29,500,000 4.7% $0 0% $4,100,000 0.7% $628,600,000
2014-2015 $591,800,000 90.5% $12,400,000 1.9% $33,600,000 5.1% $0 0% $16,200,000 2.5% $654,000,000
Averages: $544,610,144.33 86% $32,376,942 5% $52,577,478 8% $0 0% $6,769,666.67 1% $636,361,329

Teacher salaries

Albuquerque Public Schools employed 6,157 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following tables detail the 2014-2015 salary schedule for teachers in Santa Fe Public Schools:[12][13][14]

Salary structure -AT1
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 32,000 50,453
BA + 15 32,001 51,492
BA + 45 32,002 52,856
MA 32,003 52,856
MA + 15 32,004 54,625
MA + 45 32,005 57,201
Doctorate 32,006 58,605
Salary structure -AT2
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 42,000 58,347
BA + 15 42,001 68,216
BA + 45 42,002 71,918
MA 42,003 71,918
MA + 15 42,127 75,365
MA + 45 43,157 80,811
Doctorate 43,466 82,605
Salary structure -AT3
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
MA 52,000 62,938
MA + 15 52,001 65,027
MA + 45 52,245 68,031
Doctorate 52,757 69,675

Schools in Albuquerque


Albuquerque Public Schools served 94,318 students in 162 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly maintain historical enrollment statistics.

District schools

As of the 2014-2015 school year, Albuquerque Public Schools operates 159 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]


District asks for input on fixing truancy problems

During the 2013-2014 school year, 13,000 students in Albuquerque Public Schools were considered habitually truant with 10 or more unexcused absences. To fix what Dr. Kris Meurer, executive director of the district's student services, calls a symptom of a much larger and complex issue, the district asked for input by holding a "Truancy Blitz" in January 2015.[16]

The Truancy Blitz was a three-day event intended to bring in new ideas on combating truancy issues to the district. District officials first met with experts and community groups. On the second day they worked with the media, and on the last day they held a town hall meeting for parents and community members.[16]

Hiring a new superintendent

The Albuquerque Board of Education hired Dr. Luis Valentino as its new superintendent in April 2015. Valentino is the associate superintendent and chief academic officer for the San Francisco Unified School District. He will officially join the district on July 1, 2015.[17]

In August 2014, Winston Brooks resigned as superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools, leaving the district with what school board president Analee Maestas called "probably the most important decision any school board has to make." Brooks left the district two years before his contract was supposed to end, after the school board bought out the remaining years. He served the district for six years before resigning. Though neither Brooks nor the board commented on that turn of events, records show Brooks had been involved in accusations of intimidation and retaliation and that a lawyer had been hired to look into the situation.[18][19]

After naming Brad Winter, the district's former chief operations officer, as interim superintendent, the school board asked community members for help in their search for a new permanent superintendent. The district set up an online survey for community members to share which characteristics they would like to see in their next school leader. The district also hosted public meetings and forums to discuss the search with the community.[18][20]

While that search continued, Winter, who retired only months before taking on his new position, proposed a new five-year plan for the district that focuses on academic programs, such as using technology in the classroom, looking into how teachers present information to students and raising the district's graduation rate. The five-year plan also mapped out how the district planned to pay for those programs. Winter said he hoped to get the community involved in this task as well by holding public meetings and creating a community advisory board to work with the school board and give feedback.[20][21]

District and college collaborate to build new charter school building

Albuquerque Public Schools has partnered with Central New Mexico Community College to build a new building on the community college's campus. The building is to house two of the district's charter schools, Native American Community Academy and the College and Career High School, and plans to open in time for the 2017-2018 school year.[22]

The partnership between the district and college is ideal for College and Career High School, which is already located on the community college campus but quickly growing out of its current location. Half of the school's course load for students includes dual-credit classes. This allows students to earn an associate's degree by the time they graduate from high school. Native American Community Academy also requires students to take some dual-credit classes.[22][23]

The total construction cost of the new building comes to an estimated $35 million. Albuquerque Public Schools said it plans to pay $12.7 million while Central New Mexico Community College would pay for the demolition of a building that currently stands where the new one will be built. According to their agreement, the partners would split any additional costs after that.[22][24]

The plan for the new building cannot move forward, however, until voters approve it. Both district and community college must put the plan before the people in the form of bond measures in the 2016 bond elections, and both measures must pass in order for the deal to continue.[22]

Contact information

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Albuquerque Public Schools
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 880-3700

See also

External links

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  1. New Mexico Public Education Department, "Cohort of 2013 Graduation Rates," accessed December 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Albuquerque Public Schools," accessed December 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Bernalillo County, New Mexico," accessed December 4, 2014
  4. Bernalillo County, "General & Primary Results 1996 to Present," accessed December 4, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Albuquerque Public Schools, "Superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools," accessed December 5, 2014
  8. Albuquerque Public Schools, "Board Members," accessed December 5, 2014
  9. Albuquerque Public Schools, "BE4 - Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings," accessed December 5, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Albuquerque Public Schools, "Budget, Planning and Analysis," accessed November 26, 2013
  12. Albuquerque Public Schools, "AT1 2014-2015 Salary Schedule," accessed December 26, 2014
  13. Albuquerque Public Schools, "AT2 2014-2015 Salary Schedule," accessed December 26, 2014
  14. Albuquerque Public Schools, "AT3 2014-2015 Salary Schedule," accessed December 26, 2014
  15. Albuquerque Public Schools, "All Schools," accessed December 26, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 KOAT 7, "APS takes aim at truancy problem," January 20, 2015
  17. KRQE, "Dr. Valentino picked as Albuquerque Public School superintendent," April 11, 2015
  18. 18.0 18.1 KOB 4, "Search for superintendent triggers community survey," January 6, 2015
  19. Albuquerque Journal, "Former Wichita school superintendent Winston Brooks gets $350,000 buyout in Albuquerque," August 19, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Albuquerque Public Schools, "Brad Winter Named Interim Superintendent," August 22, 2014
  21. KOAT7 7, "Interim APS superintendent unveils 5-year plan," December 31, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Albuquerque Journal, "APS, CNM plan to build site for 2 charters on college campus," January 2, 2015
  23. KRQE News 13, "College, district eye building for charter schools," January 2, 2015
  24. Albuquerque Business First, "APS, CNM partner to build new school building," January 2, 2015