Wyoming Schools Chief Stands by 2011 Decisions

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Soon after State Superintendent Cindy Hill took office in January, she vowed to make the Wyoming Department of Education less about compliance and more about instruction. She also warned department employees she would take risks and do new things.

“We’re going to move through change and it’s going to be uncomfortable but it’s worthy of it, I’m telling you,” Hill told staff members at a department meeting in January. “It’s going to be some work, but it’s worth it.”

No one can argue the department didn’t change in the past year. Hill recruited “instructional leaders” in place of a deputy superintendent. She closed the department’s office in Laramie and many employees changed positions within the department.

The 2010 results of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students were scrapped in June, after districts and schools had used them for one year. During the summer, Hill said all department positions should be “at-will,” a sentiment not shared by Gov. Matt Mead.

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