CCSD board accepts superintendent resignation

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Central Consolidated School District Superintendent Terri Benn listens to remarks during the Aug. 26, 2019 signing ceremony for an agreement to assign two tribal police officers to the district's school resource officer program.

GALLUP — The superintendent for the Central Consolidated School District has resigned, according to a press release from the district.

"Terrian Benn has resigned as superintendent of the Central Consolidated School District effective immediately and placed on administrative leave," the release states.

According to the release, the board of education voted 4-0 to accept Benn's resignation during a Sept. 12 work session in Shiprock.

Board member Adam Begaye was absent from the work session. Among the items listed on the session's agenda was the board meeting in executive session to "discuss superintendent contract and performance expectations."

No further information was provided in the release and Board President Charlie Jones Jr. declined to comment on Sept. 13.

"The board wishes Mrs. Benn the best in her future endeavors," Jones said in the release.

In June, board members approved a one-year contract for Benn to serve as superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year.

She had been serving as acting superintendent since April 2018 then interim superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year.

Benn had been working for the district since 2006, including service as principal of Eva B. Stokely Elementary School in Shiprock.

The district's release states that Dave Goldtooth has been named acting superintendent.

Goldtooth is the multicultural coordinator for the district's Cultural Heritage Department. He also served four years as principal of Naschitti Elementary School in Naschitti.

The board has a regular school meeting scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Naschitti Elementary School.

An agenda for the regular meeting was not available on Sept. 13.

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

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