The State Board of Education will interview six people who want to become Wyoming’s Director of Education. The position was created by the legislature to oversee the State Department of Education after lawmakers removed those duties from the State Superintendent.
State Board Chairman Ron Micheli says they will announce the names of the semi finalists after the candidates have confirmed their availability to be interviewed for the position. He says the board considered a number of people.
Today the Wyoming Board of Education begins the process of trying to find a Director of Education. Board Chairman Ron Micheli said the board plans to interview a group of candidates this weekend and narrow the list to three by Saturday and submit that list to the governor for his consideration.
The Director will be in charge of running the State Department of Education after Superintendent Cindy Hill’s duties were changed by the state legislature. Micheli said that he’s looking for someone who will be a good fit for Wyoming.
The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill that would remove key powers from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and give them to an appointed Education Director.
The House debated the bill for almost two hours. Many representatives expressed concern that the legislature was taking power away from the voters and others were concerned about how quickly the legislature is moving to pass the bill. Lyman Republican Allen Jaggi says he’s heard from constituents who share those concerns.