A new state education commissioner will likely be named this week by the Kentucky State Board of Education. The board has been searching for a new schools chief since Jon Draud resigned early this year for health reasons.
Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the board held final interviews with four candidates last week, and has set this Friday as the announcement date for a new commissioner.
“I really think the board is determined that they are going to select someone from these four finalists,” says Gross, “they seem to be very happy with the caliber of the four finalists, they say that any one of the four would be a fine choice.”
Board Chairman Joe Brothers has said all along he wants to have a new commissioner in place by August 1st.
The board came under some criticism after naming the four finalists last week, because none of them have Kentucky connections.