It appears that Scott Westerhuis didn’t just kill his family and himself. He also killed Mid-Central Educational Cooperative:
The 13 school districts that make up Mid Central Educational Cooperative in Platte have voted to dissolve the organization. Board members voted at their last meeting, April 14, to dissolve Mid Central effective June 2017.
The school districts tell KELOLAND News that the organization could not survive the scandal that rocked the educational co-op. Board members say without the support of the South Dakota Department of Education, it’s just not possible for Mid Central to continue to operate. The state department pulled all of its contracts and grants from Mid Central in the months following the Westerhuis tragedy [Angela Kennecke, “Schools Vote to Dissolve Mid-Central Co-Op,” KELO-TV, 2016.04.22].
No word yet on whether Mid-Central will bother to hire a new executive director or if they’ll just let their interim director Bob Krietlow ride this horse over the cliff. Mid-Central has already axed half of its staff given the impending loss of state funding. The other half will be looking for new jobs by next spring.
Perhaps the big question now is whether any of the Department of Education officials in Pierre who let Mid-Central remained silent about Mid-Central’s corruption for six years or more will join those Platte folks on the unemployment line.