School superintendent candidate forum poorly attended

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About 40 people showed up to meet the candidates for superintendent of the Socorro Consolidated Schools District at a meet and greet Thursday evening at the high school. A few school principals and administrators, a handful of teachers, some staff members and the candidates’ family members were rounded out by a scattering of parents and community residents at an event intended to introduce the candidates to Socorro, and vice versa.

The six finalists, narrowed down from a field of about 30, were given the opportunity to answer two questions: what they felt they could bring to the district, and what they think about extra funding given to individual poorly performing schools in the form of school improvement grants as opposed to being distributed equally throughout all the schools in the state.

One finalist, Audie Brown of Albuquerque, had accepted a superintendent position in another school district earlier that day, and didn’t take part in the question and answer session, although he was present.

On Friday morning the remaining five candidates participated in a round-robin of interviews by the school board and two committees, one made up of teachers and staff and one made up of community members. The final selection is expected to be made by the school board shortly.

 


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