CHEYENNE — The reorganization of the Wyoming Department of Education required realignment of a number of positions to get them matched with duties and the proper source of funding, state or federal.
That had not always been done under the previous administration of the department, officials said Thursday during a hearing by the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee.
The changes were required by the law passed by the 2013 Legislature that removed state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill's administrative duties over the department and replaced her with a director appointed by the governor. The law left Hill with her constitutional responsibility over the state's public schools.
The department reorganization has taken placed under the direction of the new director, Richard Crandall.
Legislators on the committee said they want to have employee duties outlined properly under the correct classifications and funded with the correct sources of money.
Department officials submitted a summary of what was done and a history of the positions and the changes since the new law went into effect. But some positions were impossible to realign, said Mary Kay Hill of Gov. Matt Mead's office.
The governor, she said, recommended that the new budget be the baseline going forward.
Mead's budget proposal calls for department spending of $259.6 million in the coming two-year budget period and 132 employees.
"This is an admission that we don't have the ability to go back and put Humpty Dumpty together again," Mary Kay Hill said. "What we have now is a new egg."