- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has named a California educator to lead the district of nearly 88,000 students.

The board picked Luis Valentino for the superintendent’s job on Saturday from three finalists for the job.

Valentino currently is associate superintendent and chief academic officer for the San Francisco Unified School District. He previously worked as director of school services for the Los Angeles Unified School District and has been a principal, university and elementary school teacher and an adult school counselor.

Board President Don Duran says Valentino has the right combination of professional experience, ability and vision to lead the district.

The district has been led by an interim superintendent since August.

The board is negotiating a contract with Valentino and expects it to be finalized next week.

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