Wyoming Education Dept. Inquiry Released

 
By BOB MOEN, Associated Press 

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An inquiry into the Wyoming Education Department chronicles a slew of complaints and concerns about how the agency was run under State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.
 
    However, the inquiry report released Tuesday by Gov. Matt Mead's office makes no conclusions or recommendations.
 
    Concerns raised by current and former employees include how money was spent, and how employees were treated and hired and even fearful for their safety.
 
    In response, Hill defended her practices or said she was unaware of specific problems and complaints.
 
    Mead created the inquiry in February after hearing of concerns from agency employees. The concerns came out when Mead and the Legislature passed a law replaced the statewide elected superintendent as head of the Education Department with a director appointed by the governor.
  

Cindy Hill Responds
by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com 
 
Following the release of the inquiry report, State Superintendent Cindy Hill's office released a statement voicing two primary concerns with the report. Hill, however, stated that her staff cooperated with the investigation and noted that she's not sure what will become of the report. 
 
Hill did raise concerns over what she says appears to be a faction of WDE employees intent on impairing the department. In the statement, Hill said that the report "revels that there were a handful of employees who had, and may continue to have, an agenda focused on undermining and, in some instances, sabotaging the efforts of the WDE." 
 
Hill also said that she was troubled that some agency employees mentioned in the report did not voice their concerns to their supervisors. "The vast majority of such concerns and allegations raised in this Report were never brought to the attention of me personally or my senior staff," Hill said.