Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent Gene Schmidt has a new job, but he won’t have a lot of time to celebrate his acquiring it.
Schmidt, who is stepping down from his position at LAPS, is taking the superintendent’s job at Farmington Public Schools.
Farmington, which is in the Four Corners area, is one of the larger school districts in the state, with roughly 11,000 students and 1,200 staff members in 17 separate schools.
Schmidt, who was stepping away from his position with LAPS following the end of this academic year, applied for the job at Farmington two weeks ago. He said the process was accelerated at Farmington because of the impending retirement of Janel Ryan, the longtime superintendent, who made that announcement in December.
Schmidt said he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“The attraction is more than just a person telling good stories about a school system. It’s about a school system in transition. They’re looking for leadership that would help move them forward in, I’ll call it an ‘excellent journey.’ Right now, Farmington has a number of their schools, by definition, are failing. A number of schools are ‘Ds.’ That is a leadership experience that I’ve had before.”