- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Education says it has decided to part ways with a Platte-based educational cooperative whose business manager is accused of killing his wife and kids before committing suicide.

Department spokeswoman Mary Stadick Smith says all projects with Mid-Central Educational Cooperative will be wrapped up by the end of the fiscal year. She says the department is primarily concerned about the “administrative capacity” of the co-op.

KELO-TV first reported the news.

Investigators say business manager Scott Westerhuis killed his wife and four children in September, just hours after the state Department of Education informed Mid-Central that it was losing a $4.3 million GEAR UP contract because of financial problems and failure to follow proper accounting procedures.

An attorney for Mid-Central did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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