ASDB board again postpones decision on superintendent

2013-09-24T21:30:00Z 2013-09-24T23:30:23Z ASDB board again postpones decision on superintendentBy Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Governing Board for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind again delayed a decision on whether it will discipline or retain embattled Superintendent Robert Hill.

The board also put off a decision regarding the public release of the investigative report into complaints made against Hill.

Board members said they want to work with the Attorney General’s Office to figure out which portions of the report should be blacked out before releasing the documents to the public.

The Governing Board met in executive session for almost two hours Tuesday night before tabling those two items for discussion at a future board meeting.

The meeting was held at ASDB’s Phoenix Day School for the Deaf.

ASDB’s board received the report last week and began discussions then before calling the special meeting to continue the conversation.

The report was the culmination of an investigation into Hill after four employees filed complaints against the superintendent.

The board decided to hire a law firm in May after the employees filed the complaints against Hill, who has been criticized for poor communication and lack of leadership.

Parents, students and staff members also criticized Hill for dismissing two popular employees, agriculture teacher Richard Layton and longtime administrator Nancy Amann.

Hill and former board President Bernhardt Jones are also under scrutiny from the state for a potential conflict of interest regarding their involvement with a interpreter-training program and allegedly excessive travel expenses.

Hill said in a previous interview that he won’t comment until the board makes a decision.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com

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