- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) - Education officials have selected a business manager to replace a staff member at an educational services organization who police suspect killed his family in a murder-suicide.

Platte-based Mid-Central Educational Cooperative’s board on Thursday held its first regular meeting since the deaths.

The board conducted routine business before entering a lengthy private session. Members voted afterward to appoint Stephanie Hubers as the interim replacement for former employee Scott Westerhuis.

Attorney Scott Swier declined to provide details about the private discussions. He says the board is making prudent decisions about “moving forward after the tragedy.”

Authorities believe Westerhuis killed his wife, their four children and himself hours after the state informed Mid-Central it wouldn’t renew a contract for managing a federal grant. The board authorized an in-depth audit at a special September meeting after the deaths.

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