Hill says she'll cut staff further

Jun 11, 2013 The Associated Press

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is offering to return more than $100,000 in funding to the Wyoming Department of Education.

Hill said she intends to forego an administrative assistant and a public information officer because of a report last week that the education department's Information Management Division is struggling with staffing and other issues.

But Renny MacKay, spokesman for Gov. Matt Mead, said Hill was in the governor's office just last Thursday asking for a $113,000 increase in her budget.

"At that time she did not express any concern about the Department of Education, its budget or its data management staffing," the email said.

The governor's office suggested Hill follow the normal budgeting process and was unsure where Hill was headed with budgeting, MacKay said.

Hill later denied that she had asked Mead for increased funds last week.

"The governor, if he says I was requesting something from him, he is not telling you the truth, if he says that Cindy Hill was requesting that more funds from him," Hill said.

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