Andrea Joe, the human resources coordinator, submitted her letter of resignation Jan. 15, soon after the district changed 11 high-ranking positions. It will be effective Jan. 31, though the district put Joe on paid administrative leave right after she resigned.
She was not available for comment Tuesday.
It is unclear whether she is leaving because of the changes. The upheaval comes in the middle of the school year.
"Usually you see change in the summer," district spokesman James Preminger said.
The district would not disclose why it made such a sweeping move, though it is not expected to disrupt district operations, Preminger said.
"They're not being demoted. They're just going where the district needs them," Preminger said.
Of the employees no longer holding their former positions, several were put on leave, others were demoted, and the rest were promoted to fill the vacant positions.
Aside from Joe's resignation, the shifts included that of:
¥ Pandora Mike, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and staff development. The position is new and adds the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of curriculum in the schools. She formerly was the director of curriculum, instruction, and staff development and that position will not be filled.
* Mark Madsen, human resources coordinator. He formerly was principal at Eva B. Stokely Elementary in Shiprock.
* Al Madera, interim principal at Eva B. Stokely Elementary. He formerly was the dean of students at Tse' Bit Ai' Middle School in Shiprock.
* Sharon Hanagame-Benally, is on paid administrative leave. She formerly was the multicultural/bilingual supervisor at the Heritage Education Center.
* Marlena Shepard is on paid administrative leave. She is the former multicultural/bilingual coach at the Heritage Education Center.
* Lane Hammitt is a new interim Multicultural/Bilingual specialist at the Heritage Education Center. She formerly was a receptionist for administration and student success.
* Tracy Lawing, Kirtland Elementary teacher. She formerly was the principal at Mesa Elementary School.
* Katrena Goodman, acting principal at Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock. She formerly was the district college and career readiness coordinator.
* Rose Nofchissey, assistant principal at Tse' Bit Ai' Middle School in Shiprock. She formerly was the multicultural/bilingual coordinator.
* Victoria Yazzie, acting multicultural/bilingual coordinator at the Heritage Education Center, a district center. Yazzie formerly was a Navajo language teacher at Eva B. Stokely Elementary in Shiprock.
Positions filled by acting or interim employees are expected to be advertised during late spring, though it is possible acting employees will be chosen as the permanent replacements.
"We have to move people around to better serve the goals of our district," Preminger said.
The swift removal and replacement of employees, especially in top positions, is not unheard of in the district. The district has undergone a controversial makeover of its staff, which has included the termination of superintendents, assistant superintendents, and many other employees in the last year or so.
"Every position directly affects the kids," Preminger said.