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Albuquerque schools board appoints Elder as superintendent

March 16, 2021 GMT

The Albuquerque Public Schools board has named Scott Elder as superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district, a post he has held on an interim basis since last summer.

The board’s announcement of Elder’s appointment Monday noted his work helming the district during the pandemic and also said Elder was “has committed to making APS classrooms culturally and linguistically responsive.”

APS plans to reopen all of its schools by April 5.

Elder took over on an interim basis with the retirement of Raquel Reedy.

Elder was selected by the board after a lengthy search process initially launched after Reedy announced in October 2019 that she would retire. The replacement process later was suspended and then restarted.

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The board’s selection on a permanent appointment was recently delayed while the district waited for results of FBI background checks for the finalists.

Elder is a New Mexico native and graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Before becoming interim superintendent, Elder worked nearly three decades with APS as a teacher, principal and district administrator.