Nenana school head put on leave

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2001

NENANA -- The City of Nenana School District has removed its superintendent.

The School Board, in an action Dec. 13, voted to place Superintendent Terry Bentley on paid administrative leave, said Marilyn Duggar, board president.

"I've been advised not to tell you why," Duggar said. Bentley declined to comment.

Duggar did say that Bentley's removal had "absolutely nothing to do with" an investigation of the district by Tanana Chiefs Conference.

The investigation was initiated in January at the behest of the Nenana Native Council, which complained that the school had a poor record of educating Native students.

Assistant Superintendent Ken Eggleston is serving as acting superintendent.

Bentley has been superintendent since 1998, overseeing the district's home correspondence school and the Nenana City Public School. The district recently opened the Nenana Student Living Center, a dorm for 32 high school students from other communities.

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