Laramie County School District 1 Superintendent Dr. Boyd Brown announced late Friday that Todd Burns will be taking over as the interim principal at McCormick Junior High School beginning Monday.

Brown did not indicate whether principal Jeff Conine was fired, only that Burns would serve out the remainder of the school year.

The action comes roughly a month after anti-gay, racist flyers were posted at the school, and days after a Wyoming Equality Facebook post calling for an independent investigation of Conine.

Brown issued the following statement:

Mr. Todd Burns will be taking over as the interim principal at McCormick Junior High School on Monday, April 29, 2019 to complete the school year.  Mr. Burns is a veteran administrator with experience at all levels.  He was at Carey Junior High School for 8 years and has 20 years of school level administration.  Administration believes Mr. Burns is a good fit to support the students and staff at McCormick through the remainder of the year.  As part of the transition, additional administrative and counseling supports will be provided.

Ms. Tiffany Rehbein will be providing oversight for Bain Elementary School for the remainder of the school year.  Ms. Rehbein has worked as an administrative intern this year at Bain Elementary under Mr. Burns and administration believes she will continue the good work that is underway at Bain.  Mr. Burns will be available to support the school community should the need arise.

The district will begin the search process for the McCormick Junior High School principal vacancy immediately. The successful candidate will assume duties for the 2019-20 school year.

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