Posted at: 08/15/2014 8:25 AM
Updated at: 08/15/2014 7:04 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The board of education for Albuquerque Public Schools accepted the resignation of Superintendent Winston Brooks on Friday.
"The APS Board and its superintendent, Winston Brooks, have concluded that it is in their mutual best interests to part ways at this time," the board wrote in a public statement. "All involved agree that the relationship has resulted in some noteworthy progress for the Albuquerque Public Schools over the last few years. The decision to end the employment relationship will allow both the Board and Brooks to establish a new direction. Both agree that this decision is the best option for APS at this time."
Brooks' resignation will be effective immediately.
According to the resignation agreement, APS will now have to pay Brooks $350,000, but the payout still has to be approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Second Judicial District.
APS chief operations officer Ruben Hendrickson will serve as acting superintendent.
The APS board met for the second time in a week on Friday to discuss Brooks' contract. On Monday, the board met for five hours about a "serious personnel issue" investigation involving Brooks.
Last November, the board suspended the superintendent for three days over social media posts in which he compared Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera to barnyard animals.
According to his contract, Brooks earned around $250,000 per year. He was hired in 2008.