CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The interim director of the Wyoming Department of Education has already made some changes since taking over administration of the agency last week.
Jim Rose was appointed interim director of the agency by Gov. Matt Mead after a new law removed state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill as head of the department.
Rose will oversee the department until a permanent director can be appointed later this year.
Rose says five of the agency's top level administrators have left the agency and joined Hill under her new role outside the department.
In addition, Rose has suspended a teacher professional development program that caused a rift between Hill and some lawmakers because it wasn't authorized by the Legislature.
The Education Department has a two-year $1.9 billion budget and about 150 employees.