Wadsworth v. Bd. of Trs. of Lincoln County Sch. Dist. No. TwoAnnotate this Case
A school district (District) notified Plaintiff, a continuing contract teacher in the District, that his contract would be terminated on grounds of incompetence, insubordination, and poor work performance. Following a hearing, an independent hearing officer concluded that good cause existed for the termination of Plaintiff’s teaching contract and recommended that the contract be terminated for insubordination. The school district board of trustees (Board) accepted the hearing officer’s recommendation and conclusion. Plaintiff appealed, arguing that the Board’s order was entered in violation of the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and his due process rights because some members of the Board did not attend the entire hearing or otherwise review all of the evidence submitted to the hearing officer. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the Board did not err by accepting the hearing officer’s recommended decision without independently reviewing the entire evidentiary record received by the hearing officer.