- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Las Cruces Public Schools has appointed a retired district administrator as interim superintendent.

The district’s school board voted this week to name Los Lunas teacher Steven Sanchez as a temporary superintendent while board members look for a permanent school chief.

Las Cruces Public School spokeswoman Jo Galvan says Sanchez will make a $145,000 a year, but could be paid only half of that depending on how many months he serves.

Sanchez served as deputy superintendent for learning, teaching and research at the district for eight years and retired from the district in 2015.

The district is still waiting for the New Mexico Public Education Department to approve former Superintendent Stan Rounds’ resignation and $140,000 severance package.

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