- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The director of a Platte-based educational cooperative that was pushed into the spotlight after a murder-suicide involving two employees is retiring effective June 30.

A lawyer for Mid-Central Educational Cooperative released Director Dan Guericke’s retirement announcement Thursday. The September murder-suicide occurred hours after the state informed Mid-Central it was losing a contract for GEAR UP, a federal college-readiness grant.

Attorney General Marty Jackley has said there’s a state-federal financial investigation surrounding GEAR UP.

Mid-Central attorney Scott Swier didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting comment. Guericke has previously declined to comment.

Guericke says in the letter that Mid-Central is “well-positioned for the opportunities and challenges ahead.” He says he is leaving in the “best interests” of the cooperative and that he’s focused on a new chapter in his career.

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