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June 19, 2003

Lawmakers Question Deaf School Resignation

From: KARK, AR - Jun 19, 2003

Story by The Associated Press

State legislators are the latest group to demand explanations for why the Arkansas School for the Deaf asked its superintendent to resign.

Trustees for the state School for the Blind and School for the Deaf earlier this month asked Superintendent Sandra Lunestad to step down. She was hired by the board last summer.

The board accepted her resignation, and then appointed the superintendent for the School for the Blind as head of both schools. One board member said the move would save the school 50-thousand dollars.

But state Senator Steve Faris says the board is "micromanaging" and asked a legislative committee to look into the board's actions in the past several years.

Meanwhile, Lunestad has asked to be reinstated and threatened legal action if she is not.

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