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3:27 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Albuquerque School Chief Resigns Amid Probe

The superintendent of New Mexico's largest school district has resigned following a probe into an undisclosed personnel issue.

Credit aps.edu

In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides agreed his resignation was "the best option" for both parties.

Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in a closed session. Board members said the meeting involved a personnel issue with Brooks, but declined to say more.

Hispanic community leader Ralph Arellanes applauded the announcement, saying the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and the League of United Latin American Citizens have never had so many complaints about abuse of power against women and minorities by a superintendent as it had against Brooks.

Hired in July 2008, Brooks earns an annual salary of around $258,000.

Albuquerque Public Schools has about 86,000 students and is one of the largest districts in the country.

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