After a 3-hour executive session, the board of the Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District 613 in Ensign, suspended director Danis Sprague with pay, pending a Kansas Association of School Boards investigation.

The suspension took place after the SKACD 613 regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday in Ensign.

Regarding the suspension, SKACD interim director John Maples said, "It is a board personnel issue and I will not comment further."

After reaching out to the KASB regarding the investigation, attorneys with the KASB said they could not comment on the current situation.

According to their website, SKACD 613 covers 10,000-square miles, making it one of the largest cooperatives in Kansas.

The district covers 25 elementary schools, two middle schools and 14 high schools in Ashland, Bucklin, Cimarron, Dighton, Dodge City, Fowler, Ingalls, Hodgeman County, Kismet-Plains, Meade, Minneola, Ness City, Spearville and Western Plains providing services  including paraprofessionals and special education.

The communities served range from population sizes between 200-25,000 and up to 10,000 students.

The goal of the district is to provide special education services to students at their schools while implementing computerized IEPs and management.

Attempts to contact SKACD 613 president Brian Leighty were unsuccessful.

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