- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Changes at the Utah State Office of Education continue as two more top education managers have been fired.

Associate State Superintendents Bruce Williams and Judy Park, who oversee financial reporting and testing for Utah’s public education system, will be removed from their positions, the Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1K5K1ZV).

Williams will be replaced by Scott Jones, current interim director of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, effective immediately. Park will remain in her position until summer.

After Park is replaced, the top five posts in Utah’s public education system will have turned over in the course of one year.

This is the first high-profile firing of State Superintendent Brad Smith’s tenure. Prior to joining the Office of Education, Smith worked as superintendent of the Ogden School District, where he earned a reputation for trimming programs and staff and shuffling school administrators.

“The Utah State Board of Education is simply seeking a new direction in agency leadership,” Smith said. “We continue to hold both Bruce Williams and Judy Park in high regard and wish them well in the future. At the same time, we are eager to move forward with Scott Jones to make Utah’s schools better for our teachers and our students.”

Park said she was given no reason for the staffing change and that she had previously said she planned to retire in December 2016.

“A lot of change has happened recently and hopefully there won’t be any adverse effects on schools,” she said.

Williams declined requests for comment.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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