SHIPROCK — Dr. Chad Wood resigned from the Central Consolidated School District board of education Monday for personal reasons.
Wood resigned exactly a year after being sworn in as the board's representative for District 4, which includes Sheep Springs, T'isstoh Sikaad, Nenahnezad, Upper Fruitland and parts of Kirtland.
The board voted him in by a 3-1 vote, and he later served as board secretary.
The Kirtland-resident replaced former board member Bernice Benally, 60, who passed away in September 2011 away after a short-term battle with cancer.
Wood accepted a position two weeks ago as a farmily care physician at an urgent and family care clinic in Springville, Utah.
“My parents live up here,” said Wood, who explained the opportunity was perfect for him and his family.
Wood worked in the urgent care center of the the Shiprock-Northern Navajo Medical Center for the past six years. He also oversaw the medical center's uranium care clinics for the past two years.
Wood submitted his letter of resignation Monday, though he had warned the board in weeks past that he may resign.
Wood is proud to have helped in preventing the split of the district earlier this year in May, and also to have expressed support for acting superintendent Don Levinski.
“We need to give the superintendent time,” said Wood, who applauded Levinski's and the district's overall adoption and usage of the state's new Common Core standards.
Wood and his family already miss the area. He said he or his wife likely will get involved with education some time in the future, likely through the local American Indian Education Committee in the district.
Wood has three sons, all of whom still are in school and are part American Indian. Wood is a part Cherokee, and his wife is Navajo.
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