Deaf school director resigns

Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2000

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The superintendent of the Arkansas School for the Deaf has resigned so his wife can be considered for a teaching position at the school.

Peter Seiler resigned Tuesday after serving as superintendent for 5 1/2 years. Seiler is expected to stay at the school in another position.

At a board of trustees meeting last month, Seiler said his wife is a licensed deaf education teacher and that she wanted to work at the school but could not because state nepotism laws prohibited it if he were superintendent.

Seiler drew praise from board members, including Houston Nutt, father of the University of Arkansas football coach. Nutt was on the board when Seiler was hired.

"First I want to thank you for accepting that job way back then," Nutt said. "I hired you, and you've really done a great job."

Board chairman William Payne said two or three school employees are being considered for the interim superintendent's job.

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