Skandera: CCSD School District Can’t Split

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Stuck together

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#1 Jun 9, 2012
http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/06/09/new...
Skandera: School District Can’t Split
By Hailey Heinz / Journal Staff Writer on Sat, Jun 9, 2012
The state Public Education Department sent a message Friday to the adults of northwest New Mexico: You’re just going to have to get along. And in an area where conflict and bad feelings have simmered for years, that will not be easy.
State education chief Hanna Skandera denied a petition to split Central Consolidated School District into two districts. The bulk of Central Consolidated, which spans about 3,000 square miles, sits on the Navajo Nation. But the district also includes the off-reservation communities of Kirtland, Fruitland and Waterflow. The petition, driven mainly by residents of Kirtland, would have split the district near the reservation boundary.
Proponents argued the current district is too large and spread out, that smaller districts tend to yield higher test scores and that the current school board has been indifferent to the needs of Kirtland.
Opponents argue that the proposed split was really motivated by racial and cultural differences between the Navajos and those agitating for a split, who are mostly Anglo and Mormon.
“The attitude of this group seems to be, as long as Navajo people stay in your place and just be good little Navajos, everything’s fine, we’ll run the show,” said board president Matthew Tso.“Just leave us alone and we’ll do everything for you. It’s a very paternalistic attitude.”
After hearings and public input on the issue, Skandera ruled against the split.
“The decision was not made lightly or easily,” Skandera said in a written statement.“In the end, the most relevant factor is the lesson we teach our students; we need to overcome our differences, not divide ourselves.”
Tso — a polarizing and outspoken figure who was elected last February — and the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission both applauded the decision.
Randy Manning, who has been on the Central Consolidated school board for more than 20 years, is a vocal supporter of the split. He called Skandera’s decision “gutless.”
“In my perspective, the decision has nothing to do with the education of kids,” Manning said.“It’s strictly about political pressure.”
Manning and his brother Byron Manning are key players in the split drama that has dragged on for more than a year. It was May 2011 when Byron Manning and a group of supporters calling themselves “Children First” began collecting signatures in support of a split.
That is also around the time that Byron Manning, who had been the chief financial officer of the district for 10 years, received a six-figure settlement to resign. Byron Manning said he was forced out because he had stood up to public employee unions, who are a key constituency of the Navajo-majority school board. Superintendent Don Levinski would not say why Manning left the district, saying he could not talk about it under the terms of the settlement.
Also around the same time, the board voted to close the district’s Kirtland business office and consolidate all central administration in Shiprock. This caused concern among some Kirtland residents that having human resources based on the reservation would open the door to hiring preference for Navajos. Board officials say they consolidated the offices because it was inefficient to have two central offices 20 miles apart, and Shiprock was chosen because it is more convenient for employees in communities like Newcomb and Naschitti to the south.
Randy Manning said the district needed to be split because the standards and philosophies of Kirtland are too different from those in Shiprock..
Stuck together

United States

#2 Jun 9, 2012
There’s a difference in attitude between Kirtland’s and Shiprock’s form of education and what they want for those kids,” Randy Manning said.“And the board’s not paying any attention to it, and neither is the state.”
Specifically, Randy Manning said the board spends too much time and energy on the issues of Navajo language and culture and does not put enough emphasis on improving academic standards and test scores. Districtwide, 39.6 percent of CCSD students scored proficient or higher in math last year, and 44.2 percent were proficient in reading. He said Shiprock teachers are too focused on making students feel good about themselves, not on actual learning.
The Mannings, who are Anglo, are one of the founding families of Kirtland and established trading posts there. Byron Manning said his group has tried to steer clear of racial and cultural issues, and that Tso has been the one fanning racial tension.
Both Randy and Byron Manning said they will encourage parents who are dissatisfied with the district to enroll their students in online schooling, home school them or take them to school in a neighboring district.
Skandera did attach some strings to her decision, pledging to send PED personnel to “monitor the actions of CCSD to ensure the rights of all students and parents are protected.” Skandera said in a written statement that the PED has received complaints that Kirtland residents had been marginalized and that there had been “possible open meetings violations,” which were not specified. PED personnel will attend the district’s public meetings for at least the next six months. Skandera also encouraged the school board to hold meetings in the Kirtland area as often as possible.
Tso said he was “puzzled” by the reference to open meetings allegations and did not know what Skandera was referring to, but that he welcomes PED staff at board meetings
CAresidentNMnati ve

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#3 Jun 24, 2012
Finally! These people in CCSD need to get along and stick together. Sorry, but who has the funding during these economic hard times to have two districts with two sets of salary-paid board members, two sets of superintendents, two sets of HR departments, etc. To get the most of their money...the state of New Mexico should have one school district per county. Anyway, who cares...these are just Navajos and Mormons! Next...
Ferilee Stupid

Gilbert, AZ

#4 Jun 25, 2012
CAresidentNMnative wrote:
Finally! These people in CCSD need to get along and stick together. Sorry, but who has the funding during these economic hard times to have two districts with two sets of salary-paid board members, two sets of superintendents, two sets of HR departments, etc. To get the most of their money...the state of New Mexico should have one school district per county. Anyway, who cares...these are just Navajos and Mormons! Next...
I'll agree with you with the two sets of administrations. And tht we should have a county wide school district.

Now from what I understand the school boards aren't paid. But they do get to travel on the districts dime, to neet cities. Just ask mr manning about all the places he has gone to and all of his friends in those cities.
No More Mannings First

Window Rock, AZ

#5 Jun 25, 2012
Byron and Randy and Children First made a pretty good case to consolidate Aztec and Bloomfield School Districts. That's a BIG PLUS in Byron the Bigot's proposed Kirtlnd KKK School district. Byronthe Bigot deserves a big oldfashioned Randy Manning "smiley face" for his effort.

Maybe that is going to be Skandera and Governor Martinez's next move: consolidate Bloomfield and Aztec School Districts.

Since: Jul 11

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#6 Jul 14, 2013
Just a kind bump to top for those in Kirtland who haven't figured out what no means.

I hear the PED has had it with the Mannings they have been labeled as toxic. And their continued whining has triggered a deeper look of EVERYTHING they have done in the last twenty years as related to public education. Good luck boys, your sinking ship is headed for the bottom of the Kirtland sewer lagoon, where you belong.
BitchyRManning

Fort Defiance, AZ

#7 Jul 20, 2013
Looks like CCSDs most recent test scores and school grades lead all San Juan County school districts. Looks like Children Last did CCSD a huge favor by yanking their kids out of CCSD and causing Aztec, Farmington, and Bloomfields test scores and school grades to drop. Good job Levinski, Tso, Pandoa, and CCSD for taking CCSD to new heights!!!
Fire Janel Ryan

United States

#8 Jul 24, 2013
BitchyRManning wrote:
Looks like CCSDs most recent test scores and school grades lead all San Juan County school districts. Looks like Children Last did CCSD a huge favor by yanking their kids out of CCSD and causing Aztec, Farmington, and Bloomfields test scores and school grades to drop. Good job Levinski, Tso, Pandoa, and CCSD for taking CCSD to new heights!!!
CCSD needs to keep their carpetbagger and troublemakers kids out of Farmington Schools. Its very disturbing to see our Farmington schools go down because of children of the Kirtland Krazies. Janel Ryan also needs to be fired and the school board also needs to be fired and booted out. Come on Farmington! wake up!
Run Janel Ryan OUT

United States

#9 Aug 10, 2013
Janel is most of the problem with Farmington schools. Her ideas are as old as she is! Trying something NEW that is helpful would be a shock to her
Ethan

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Aug 26, 2013
Run Janel Ryan OUT wrote:
Janel is most of the problem with Farmington schools. Her ideas are as old as she is! Trying something NEW that is helpful would be a shock to her
Just curious what is the problem with her?

Since: Jul 11

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#11 Aug 27, 2013
Ethan wrote:
<quoted text>
Just curious what is the problem with her?
Mabye the the fellow that made that comment is trying to say despite CCSD having all the difficulties that come with a school system that serves the undeserved and disadvantaged population on the reservation, the administration has done well.

Seeker

United States

#12 Aug 27, 2013
The administration indeed has done well; at pulling the wool over everyones eyes. What was that mid-year fiasco about that transplanted select individuals from one position to another? What about the late notification that CP was to be closed only to be saved by the "majic funds" that seemed to appear out of thin air? Why is it that Principals that bust their butts (D. Hornbecker - NM Elem. Principal of the year)and others are offered a paycut in order to keep their job. Why was a new Central Office position created and a new "outside the district" person hired when several capable "inside the district" people where either reassigned to lessor positions or released?
What will this administration spring on the CCSD community when declining enrollments will again impact the late in the year game of who stays and who goes?
Why is the Newcomb Middle School Principal, the only Principal at the only CCSD school to not show any growth but rather a steady 3 year decline still at her job while others, like Joyce Rock, the former CP Principal not offered a contract worthy of her Principal of the year recognition and steady school wide academic growth?
Yes, they have done well. But they can't continue to fool all the people all of the time.
East Coast Buzzard

United States

#13 Aug 28, 2013
Why is the NM PED investigating Levinski? Anyone know?
Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#14 Aug 28, 2013
I, for one, am eager to see the results of the PED and AG investigation. Central has sunk to new lows in the past two years despite the PR claims that scores are high and all is well. Not. Smoke and mirrors, and maybe worse.

Since: Jul 11

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#15 Aug 28, 2013
Alice wrote:
I, for one, am eager to see the results of the PED and AG investigation. Central has sunk to new lows in the past two years despite the PR claims that scores are high and all is well. Not. Smoke and mirrors, and maybe worse.
The question IS there even an investigation. The PED knows by now what the Mannings are and how much truth to put into anything they say.
NEA NonSense

United States

#16 Aug 29, 2013
Alice wrote:
I, for one, am eager to see the results of the PED and AG investigation. Central has sunk to new lows in the past two years despite the PR claims that scores are high and all is well. Not. Smoke and mirrors, and maybe worse.
Sounds like more of the same NEA garbage and nonsense or Ewa Krackpot trying to stir the pot. Anyway, the test scores and school grades speak for themselves and CCSD had the highest school grades in San Juan County. Data and number don't lie, unlike the NEA, Ewa Krackpot and the Mannings.

In fact, the word is that Governor Martinez and Skandera want to present an achievement award to Levinski, and the CCSD Board for accomplishing great things. It's not surprising that Alice seems to think the data/numbers aren't real and think that Navajo students can't succeed. After the NEA and Ewa Krackpot were booted out of Shiprock High, the school made massive gains.

Time to do the same with Mesa Elementary and take down whats left of the NEA Comintern. Don't know why Levisnki and CCSD didn't wipe out the last vestiges of the NEA leadership at Mesa Elementary...... that school went from bad to worst school in the county and union bosses like Mel Sharp are the cause of it. The school was in restructuring and got a D, F, and even lower F in the past 3 years.
Why Dat

Farmington, NM

#17 Aug 29, 2013
Anyway, the test scores and school grades speak for themselves and CCSD had the highest school grades in San Juan County. Data and number don't lie,

Just asking, where are you seeing these numbers?
Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#18 Aug 29, 2013
Keep living in your pipe dream, Subutai. We'll see what happens next.
Hey, "NEA NonSense", your desperation is pathetic. Resorting to name-calling. Really?
And "Why Dat"--your question about the numbers is a good one. But don't expect the aforementioned posters to engage in a more reasoned discussion or provide anything other than vitriol.
Bottom Line will be come when either the Governor and/or Skandera "present an achievement award to Levinski" (hyperbole of NEA NonSense) or end various practices of this administration.
This is not about the Mannings. This is not about the NEA or its leadership. This is about people who have no qualms about ignoring ethics and the rule of law to do whatever it takes to make themselves look good.
BTW--if you know anything about statistics, you know that data and numbers can, indeed, be made to lie. A whole separate issue from how those numbers were "achieved."
East Coast Buzzard

United States

#19 Aug 30, 2013
Alice wrote:
Keep living in your pipe dream, Subutai. We'll see what happens next.
Hey, "NEA NonSense", your desperation is pathetic. Resorting to name-calling. Really?
And "Why Dat"--your question about the numbers is a good one. But don't expect the aforementioned posters to engage in a more reasoned discussion or provide anything other than vitriol.
Bottom Line will be come when either the Governor and/or Skandera "present an achievement award to Levinski" (hyperbole of NEA NonSense) or end various practices of this administration.
This is not about the Mannings. This is not about the NEA or its leadership. This is about people who have no qualms about ignoring ethics and the rule of law to do whatever it takes to make themselves look good.

BTW--if you know anything about statistics, you know that data and numbers can, indeed, be made to lie. A whole separate issue from how those numbers were "achieved."
I concur, buts its difficult for the current leadership to appreciate the meaning of ethics if they have trouble with spelling.
NEA Idiots

United States

#20 Aug 30, 2013
Why Dat wrote:
Anyway, the test scores and school grades speak for themselves and CCSD had the highest school grades in San Juan County. Data and number don't lie,
Just asking, where are you seeing these numbers?
School grades and information is posted on the NMPED website. its public information. The CCSD NEA obviously hates children and will do anything to bring down CCSD's schools. They've run CCSD for a very long time and have gotten away with running down our schools.

Everything that has been thrown at Levinski has been shot down. The Mannings and NEA make up all sorts of rumors and lies and demanded investigations, but NOTHING has ever become of anything. I suppose when you're desperate, they will make up anything.

Parents and students are much happier in CCSD. Teacher haven't quit en masse and there' aren't a lot of teaching vaacancies on CCSD's website.

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