The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education appointed Mr. Daniel P. Benavidez as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2020, pending contract negotiations. Mr. Benavidez’s appointment, which took place after a 4 to 1 vote during the board’s June 16 meeting, is the result of a nationwide search conducted by Prather Consulting of Albuquerque. He will succeed Amanda D. Sutherland, who was named Acting Superintendent on May 19, 2020.
Mr. Benavidez has 21 years of service in public education. He has served as a middle school teacher, a district administrator, and a superintendent. One of Mr. Benavidez’s concentrations is his work on Impact Aid policy. Mr. Benavidez also has a strong background in budget management.
“Mr. Benavidez impressed the Board of Education with his compelling background and his belief that every student is entitled to an excellent free public education, which is what all of us at CCSD consider as our main goal,” said Gary Montoya, Board President. “We look forward to collaborating with him and continuing the work of creating great schools and great learning in the district.”
Mr. Benavidez has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico.
“I’m really excited to have been chosen as the new superintendent of Central Consolidated School District and look forward to working collaboratively with the students, parents, community, staff, and board of education,” Mr. Benavidez said. “I’ve worked with CCSD in the past and I look forward to working on all of the things that make it a great district. I can’t wait to meet all the staff individually soon.”
Mr. Benavidez also served his country as a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He has been married to his wife Alicia for more than 20 years and has two sons.
The Central Consolidated School District is in the heart of the Four Corners region of San Juan County in the northwest corner of New Mexico. It borders Colorado to the north, Arizona to the west, and Utah to the northwest. The District, which serves approximately 6,000 students in 15 schools, plus early childhood preschools and a technical center, covers nearly 3,000 square miles. It is part of the New Mexico Public Education Department's public school system.