Nenana school board accepts resignation of superintendent

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2002

NENANA (AP) -- The Nenana City School Board on Thursday unanimously accepted the resignation of its superintendent, Terry Bentley.

Bentley was hired in July 1998 and has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 13.

School board President Marilyn Duggar could not comment on the reason for Bentley's departure and has also declined to comment on the reason the board put him on administrative leave last month.

In his letter of resignation, Bentley cited his working relationship with the board as having prompted his resignation.

Bentley's departure comes in the midst of financial problems within the district.

The district's finance director is proposing that the board cut about $770,000 from it's approximately $8 million 2001-2002 budget. The proposed cuts are a result of lower-that-anticipated enrollments, overspending on last year's operating budget and cost overruns during the construction of the Nenana Student Living Center, a boarding home opened by the district this school year.

Duggar would not say whether the financial troubles and Bentley's departure were related.

Bentley in November 2000 found himself at odds with the state Department of Education and Early Development because he neglected to give Nenana High School students a chance to take the state exit exam. Bentley said then that he simply forgot.

In early 2001, the Nenana Native Council passed a resolution asking Tanana Chiefs Conference to look into district operations and examine, among other things, the achievement of Native students in the district.

The board voted unanimously Thursday to hire Assistant Superintendent Ken Eggleston as interim superintendent until July 30.

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