Former Wichita superintendent suspended over tweets

By: KAKE News (KOAT) Email
By: KAKE News (KOAT) Email
Brooks was tweeting with a KOAT reporter on Tuesday night.

Credit: KOAT

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks, the former superintendent of Wichita Public Schools, has been suspended three days for controversial tweets he sent earlier this week.

Brooks was tweeting with a KOAT reporter on Tuesday night. During the conversation, Brooks referenced livestock and New Mexico's education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera in the same message. He also wrote a tweet reading, "moo moo oink oink."

His suspension will begin on Monday. APS Chief Operating Officer Brad Winter will be in charge in the interim.

There is no specific clause in Brooks' contract that could lead to his termination under the circumstances that have surfaced this week. The contract could, however, be cancelled if the superintendent violated state law or rules and regulations of the school board or Public Education Department.

APS board members met for two hours behind closed doors Friday morning to discuss the situation.

Brooks' tweets were criticized by many including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and APS Board President Marty Esquivel.

Martinez released a statement Friday, which said she was, "especially disappointed that APS spends half a million taxpayer dollars each year to fund a public relations campaign."

Despite the suspension, Esquivel said the school board stands behind Brooks because of his work to raise the graduation rates and successful bond campaigns.

"Let's move forward with (the) goodwill that our children deserve," Esquivel said.

Brooks has a salary of $250,000 a year. A 3-day unpaid suspension would mean Brooks is out more than $2,000 of pay.

Brooks left USD 259 in 2008 after 10 years.

Source: KOAT

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