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State Superintendent Hill Stripped of Duties

Posted: Thursday, Jan 31st, 2013

Senate File 104, a bill designed to replace the elected Superintendent of Public Instruction with a Governor-appointed director, passed its third reading in the House on Friday, Jan. 25. Gov. Matt Mead signed the controversial legislation into law on Tuesday, a move that opened the doors for a legal battle with State Superintendent Cindy Hill. Supporters of the beleaguered educational leader fired back with a lawsuit the same day, claiming that the legislationís constitutionality was in question. In the shadows the massing storm surrounding this unfolding drama is Niobrara County School District #1, which is currently clouded by uncertainty concerning the ramifications of Senate File 104ís passage.

When asked what consequences the bill would hold for local education governance, Superintendent Richard Luchsinger replied, ďWeíre not sure at this point. What it means is that there will be somebody new running the state department and they will be managing the day-to-day affairs. Iím sure they will tell us fairly quickly what the chain of command is and what it is that we need to do with regard to the new position. We really donít have an idea at this point.Ē

For the complete article see the 01-30-2013 issue.

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