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Seven apply for West post

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By David Giuliani

The West Las Vegas school district has received seven applications for superintendent.

On Monday, the school board reviewed the applications behind closed doors. It plans to interview the candidates next Monday.

The candidates are:

• Gene Parson, principal of West Las Vegas High School

• Ruben Cordova, former associate superintendent of West Las Vegas

• Kaye Peery, former superintendent of Zuni schools

• Darlene Ulibarri, assistant superintendent of the Pecos schools

• Tonia Nolan Trujillo, retired superintendent of Pojoaque schools

• Ricardo Sanchez, former associate superintendent of West Las Vegas

• Ralph Friedly, former superintendent of Dulce schools

Friedly and Trujillo are also candidates for the superintendent’s position in Mora.

In late March, a school board majority voted against renewing Jim Abreu’s contract as superintendent. He has held the position for the last three years.

Abreu’s board opponents — Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero — didn’t state their reasons for voting against him. But they had previously expressed concern about a critical state report that contended the district was top heavy in administration and suffered from a number of other problems.

Abreu’s contract ends June 30. Board members said Monday they hope to get the position filled by then.

Board Chairwoman Christine Ludi said the board likely would follow the same procedure it did the last time, which included public interviews of candidates.

For his part, Abreu said he would aim for a smooth transition.

The Las Vegas native said he has been looking at a number of other jobs, but he wouldn’t specify which ones. He didn’t apply for the Mora position.