CCSD board members support restructuring plan

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — The Central Consolidated School District board has voted in favor of a restructuring plan for its administration.

Board members voted on the plan late Tuesday evening and offered no comments on the matter. But board President Randy Manning reiterated a directive to CCSD Interim Superintendent Colleen Bowman to incorporate an assistant superintendent position into the proposal.

The restructuring includes creating six cabinet positions and other new positions, such as a district athletics and student activities coordinator, activity financial clerks, athletic trainers and technicians to service the district's Apple computers.

Bowman said today the cabinet positions would be a "forced transfer" of personnel from their current administrative titles, and salaries would remain "basically the same."

"I saved everybody who is currently employed. Their jobs will be different, based on the job skills," Bowman said.

The additional cost for the new positions was a necessary expense because it is part of the district's attempt to address audit findings, she said.

District Business Manager Herbie Clichee said today there are no salary increases for five cabinet positions with the exception for the director of exceptional programs.

That post would receive an salary increase of $20,000 because it is changing to a director position from a program coordinator, Clichee said.

She added that the total increase for other new positions would be approximately $400,000.

Portions of those increases would be covered by federal and state grants and the actual salary an employee receives would be based on professional experience and education, Clichee said.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, board members unanimously approved items on the consent agenda, which included selecting ME&E Engineering Inc. to provide design services for mechanical and electrical work across the district.

Also approved were agreements to provide work site locations for high school and college students enrolled in the employment program under the Navajo Nation Office of Diné Youth.

The board also approved an agreement between the district and the Central Consolidated Education Association to release students early on Wednesdays to give teachers time for professional development and planning.

The board did not consider an agreement with the tribal youth department to transport students from schools in Shiprock to the Shiprock Youth Complex for tutoring and help with homework services.

Bowman requested the item's removal from the consent agenda because questions remained about transportation costs.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.