Farmington — Central Consolidated School District board members voted to extend Superintendent Don Levinski's contract by one year and give him a raise.
Board members Lupita White, Matthew Tso and Christina J. Aspaas on Monday voted in favor and Hoskie Benally and Randy Manning voted to oppose amending the existing contract to extend it to June 30, 2017. Levinski's contract was set to end June 30, 2016.
In addition to the extension, Levinski will receive a salary increase of about 14 percent from $110,000 to $125,000.
The new salary will be effective on July 1, along with the new expiration date for the contract.
CCSD parent Priscilla Jake said 70 parents signed a petition calling for the removal of Levinski and it was presented to board members during the special meeting on Monday.
The petition was developed because some parents are frustrated and disappointed in Levinski's management of the school district, including program cuts, she said.
"We thought it would make an impact ... and it didn't," Jake said. "The decision Levinski is making is hurting the kids."
At the regular school board meeting on Tuesday, the board approved the recommendation to reconfigure the grade levels for elementary schools in Kirtland.
The board's action is part of the ongoing process to replace Ruth N. Bond and Grace B. Wilson elementary schools.
"This whole thing is being done in stages and steps," CCSD spokesman James Preminger said.
Ruth N. Bond accommodates pre-kindergarten through third grades and Grace B. Wilson houses fourth to sixth grades.
Both Kirtland and Ojo Amarillo elementary schools would continue to accommodate kindergarten through sixth grades.
Preminger added that board members did not approve construction of a new school, which received support in a survey, because it was not on the agenda.
"The vote is pending until possibly May for the board to approve a new school or not," he said.
Board members also approved Flintco LLC as general contractors for construction of the new Naschitti Elementary School.
Preminger said the groundbreaking could take place during the first week in May.
"That school will remain open the entire time of construction, as the new school rises," he said.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.