APS defends changes to audit group

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board responded to the letter from a national auditing group regarding concerns that the district is weakening its internal audit function. APS Board President Dr. David Peercy’s letter addressed concerns raised by David Jones, a city auditor in Seattle and the Advocacy Committee Chair of the Association of Local Government Auditors. Besides addressing Jones’ concerns, Peercy also took the opportunity to question why APS has become a focus of the national group. “I’m not sure why our internal APS organization has become a national concern of ALGA, as well as perhaps other school districts, but we do appreciate being made aware of concerns from any organization,” Peercy wrote. NM Political Report first reported on the letter from the national organization on Monday.

Buyout for former APS superintendent approved

Albuquerque Public Schools is now officially done with former superintendent Luis Valentino after a judge and the Public Education Department approved his buyout. The buyout, which was approved last week, means APS paid out $80,000 to Valentino to buyout the rest of his contract. Valentino also received his regular pay through October 1, despite resigning on August 31. This meant that, in all, Valentino received over $100,000 after his resignation from the agreement with the Albuquerque Public Schools board. In a letter from PED secretary Hanna Skandera in which she accepted the buyout, she said she was “deeply disappointed” at the buyout.

Valentino resigns after weeks of controversy

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Following weeks of controversy, Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Luis Valentino resigned Monday after just over two months on the job. Now Raquel M. Reedy, the school district’s associate superintendent for elementary education, will be acting superintendent for the time being. The APS Board of Education unanimously accepted Valentino’s resignation after a two-and-a-half hour closed door meeting Monday morning. This followed two other closed door school board meetings last week that lasted a combined 10 hours.