CCSD board resumes superintendent hearing

Noel Lyn Smith
Central Consolidated School District Superintendent Don Levinski waits for the start of his hearing on Oct. 25 in the Central Consolidated School District's Shiprock boardroom.

FARMINGTON — The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education continued the discharge hearing for Superintendent Don Levinski last week.

Andrew Sanchez, the attorney representing the board but not presenting the case, said today that the hearing on Friday in Shiprock proceeded in executive session, and the board listened to testimony from one witness.

Eleanor K. Bratton, Levinski's attorney, said today that no further sessions are scheduled at this time.

Levinski has been on paid administrative leave since August 2015, when three board members voted in favor of the action and appointed Colleen Bowman as interim superintendent.

The board initiated the administrative proceedings to terminate its contract with Levinski on Oct. 25 and then continued on Nov. 10.

Randy Manning, president of the Central Consolidated School District Board of Education, speaks Nov. 10 in the Central Consolidated School District's Shiprock boardroom.

Levinski was appointed acting superintendent in May 2011 and named permanent superintendent in February 2012.

In January 2015, the board approved his current contract to run through June 30, 2018, with an annual salary of $125,000.

Since October, Levinski has filed complaints in the 11th Judicial District Court against the five-member board, board member Ruthda Thomas and board President Randy Manning.

In the complaint against the board, Levinski asked the district court to intervene by issuing a temporary restraining order to stop the discharge proceedings.

On Nov. 10, Judge Sandra Price denied the temporary restraining order application but granted a hearing for the complaint.

A hearing for the complaint against Thomas is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Farmington, according to court records.

Sanchez, who is representing Thomas, said today that he had no comment about the matter but said a motion to dismiss the claim has been filed.

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