Troubled Mora district hires 9th superintendent in 3 years

New Mexico

A troubled northern New Mexico school district that has had eight superintendents in three years has hired another one.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the Mora Schools Board of Education voted last week to offer a two-year contract to Peñasco Schools Superintendent Marvin MacAuley. The move comes days after two-thirds of voters defeated a mill levy for Mora Public Schools.

Last year, the Mora Schools Board of Education fired Superintendent Ella Arellano after no school earned higher than a C grade from the state.

Former Superintendent Charles Trujillo pleaded guilty to a felony charge for falsifying credentials.

In November, the Las Vegas Optic reported Interim Superintendent Carla Westbrook-Spaniel once was arrested for public intoxication and accused of leaving two preschool-age children alone while she went to a nightclub.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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