CCSD board hears about reorganization plan

Noel Lyn Smith

KIRTLAND — The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education learned more about a restructuring plan for its administration at a meeting today.

Interim Superintendent Colleen Bowman presented the proposal, which was requested by the board and put together by Bowman and a team that met four times.

Board members had not voted on whether to support the plan as of deadline tonight.

Under the proposal, six cabinet positions would be created, and personnel would be named to cabinet positions.

The plan calls for Pandora Mike to become the director of district support services. She has been serving as deputy superintendent of curriculum, instruction and staff development since January 2013.

Herbie Clichee would be named director of finance, a position she would assume after serving as interim business manager.

Violet Kelley would serve as the director of human resources, replacing George Schumpelt, who submitted his resignation before the restructuring plan was put together.

Rebecca Benedict’s title would transition from director of schools to director of curriculum and instruction.

Amanda Sutherland would be named director of exceptional programs. Her current title is exceptional program office coordinator.

Eric James would serve as the director of facilities, after serving under the title of director of operations.

Other changes include relocating the warehouse department under purchasing because warehouse personnel receive all items purchased by the district and record those items in a database, Bowman said.

A mail runner position would also be added to the finance department. Bowman said adding the position would help CCSD meet an audit finding regarding a 24-hour turnaround for monetary deposits.

Also added are three financial clerks to support financial secretaries at Kirtland Central, Newcomb and Shiprock high schools.

Under the human resources department, the district would convert a videographer position to a district webmaster position.

Other new positions include a district athletics and student activities coordinator who would oversee the district's compliance with Title IX.

The activities coordinator would also oversee six athletic directors, the performing arts centers and the swimming pools in Kirtland and Shiprock. Creating an activities coordinator would help CCSD track fundraising for athletics and other activities, Bowman said.

After hearing the proposal, board President Randy Manning said the members included a directive to Bowman to add an assistant superintendent position.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-546-4636.