- Associated Press - Monday, July 11, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe Public Schools has named a former New Mexico public education secretary and one of its former leaders as interim superintendent.

The Santa Fe Board of Education voted Saturday to hire Veronica Garcia as the district’s interim leader while the board looks for a permanent replacement. The move comes after Superintendent Joel Boyd recently announced he would leave the position for another job.

Garcia was executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a group that has put out annual reports ranking the state low on child poverty.

She served as New Mexico public education secretary under former Gov. Bill Richardson and led Santa Fe Public Schools from 1999 to 2002.

The 65-year-old Garcia says she is honored to work for the district again.

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