Governor Matt Mead says he has met with employees at the State Department of Education and members of the State Board of Education to make sure there will be a smooth transition as they hire a Wyoming Education Director.
The Legislature stripped many of State Superintendent Cindy Hill’s powers, and she has been relocated to an office a block away from the Department of Education.
Mead said the State Board of Education will submit three names for the governor to consider for Director. He adds that it will be an open search.
The Wyoming House of Representatives has joined the State Senate in passing a bill that would strip a number of powers from the State Superintendent and give them to a Governor appointed Director of Education. The Superintendent would remain on state boards and commissions with the other four elected officials. But the new Director would run the State Department of Education. Top lawmakers crafted the legislation right before the legislative session; and many believe that the legislature is moving too quickly. But some observers say the move is overdue. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck