The Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction makes just over $100,000 a year. It's likely the new director position will make the same amount. So, is it really necessary to keep both?
Necessary or not, the answer is simple. The Superintendent position is secured by the Wyoming State Constitution.
Professor David Marcum teaches political science at Laramie County Community College. He says the Constitution mandates there be five elected positions: Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction.
A new law takes away a lot of the Superintendent's power and gives it to the new director.
Still, Professor Marcum says the Superintendent position isn't going anywhere anytime soon. "The only way that position goes away is if we change the Constitution. It's going to take a constitutional amendment to actually make that position go away" he says.
The soonest a constitutional amendment could be made would be the 2014 Legislature. If lawmakers were to pass one, it would be put on the 2014 general election ballot.