Members of the Utah State Board of Education last week approved the appointment of Joel Coleman to serve as interim superintendent of state public instruction until the retiring Martell Menlove can be replaced.
The vote was nine to six and new State School Board member Terryl Warner, a resident of Hyrum, was one of those voting against the appointment.
Warner said her main objection was that Coleman’s wife, Kim Coleman, has filed a lawsuit against the State Charter School Department, which is under the board’s supervision.
“It was filed back in 2010. I believe it was kicked out of the state court, or dismissed out of the state court, and then filed in federal court. Currently, the case is still alive. Sides are being deposed. They’re getting depositions. It’s a civil suit.”
On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday, Warner said she also feels that although Coleman is a good person he has no experience whatsoever in public education. He currently serves as head of the State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
Warner said, furthermore, the appointment was made by a few board leaders and it should have been done by all the board members following a discussion.