The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent Thursday night despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience.
Board leaders decided last week to appoint Coleman — current superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind — spurring criticism from some that the full board should have made that call in a public meeting. In response to those concerns, board leaders called the meeting Thursday night to give the full board a chance to publicly discuss and vote on the matter.
The board, however, didn’t just rubber stamp the original decision. Instead, a divided board voted 9-6 to appoint Coleman to take retiring Superintendent Martell Menlove’s place until a permanent replacement is found.