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Deaf community asking for more input in search for superintendent for Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

The local deaf community is seeking a greater say in who is considered and ultimately selected to be the next superintendent of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

A new superintendent is expected to be named Jan. 29 to replace Carol Hilty when she retires at the end of this academic year, the state school’s governing board was told at a meeting Thursday.

Hilty, who has worked at the school east of downtown Colorado Springs for 30 years, has been superintendent for 15 years.

A spokeswoman for the deaf community, Ida Wilding, a professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, objected to the board’s timeline, saying the deaf community wanted more involvement from the beginning in selecting the school’s next leader.

Wilding, president of the Colorado chapter of the American Sign Language Teachers Association, accused the seven-member board of ignoring letters requesting input from the deaf community.

The board has shown “extremely low to no transparency, little to no public discussion or preparation for the superintendent search,” she said through an interpreter.

“We’re not sure why all of this is happening. We cherish inclusion and wish to collaborate our values with yours. Let us all work together to ensure the best possible person be selected.”