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Aug 6, 2013 11:42 AM by Matthew Schwartz

Alums of ASDB call for superintendent's resignation

TUCSON - More than reading, writing and arithmetic is going on at the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind. The first day of school brought a new protest against Superintendent Robert Hill.

Sixteen alumni marched across the street from the school, again calling for Hill to be fired from his $125,000 a year job.

The alumni, along with many ASDB students and their parents, have long been protesting Hill's job performance. They say he's ineffective, insensitive to the deaf community and behaves inappropriately.

Hill's three-year tenure has been a lightning rod for controversy. Former staffers accuse him of sexual harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation. He's under investigation by an outside law firm.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators interviewed two former employees of ASDB. Dr. Nancy Hlibok AmannASDB's former executive director, told us through a sign language interpreter that she's shocked Hill hasn't already been fired. Amann and Richard Layton, a ASDB agriculture teacher, are among at least six school employees who filed grievances against Hill. Amann and Layton were unemployed soon after.

Amann told the News 4 Tucson Investigators that Hill, "Has made a lot of crude jokes."

Amann has also filed an EEOC complaint against Hill and is planning to sue ASDB. She says Hill called female employees in the administration building his "harem" and didn't have professional boundaries.

Amann said, "There is one thing that that he mentioned one time that I am his working wife. He thought that was funny. I never found that funny."

Layton said, "He was a person who thrived on intimidation."

Layton received support from ASBB students during a well-publiczed protest in April, when he was fired after bringing hogs and other animals to campus to use to teach his students. Layton says the board and Hill knew months in advance about the program and approved it. Just two months before being fired, layton received an excellent job performance evaluation. He was fired days after filing a grievance against Hill. And, Layton says, Hill accused him of killing chickens!

We asked Layton, "Why did he say you killed chickens?" Layton: "No clue. I just can't fathom where he got that idea."

We wanted to interview Superintendent Hill for his side of the story. We called him five times and emailed him. He did not respond. Meanwhile, Dr. Amann and Richard Layton have messages for their former boss.

Layton said, "In simple terms, I would tell him to man-up and tell the truth."

Amann said, "I would tell him, I hope he can live with himself."

School board President Michael Williams told the News 4 Tucson Investigators a decision on Hill's job will be made during the last two weeks of this month.

One final note: Amann and Layton said the school's 2013 graduating class requested that Hill not attend its graduation ceremony. This time, they say, Hill granted their request.

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