Friday, June 29, 2007

Elaine Farris named Deputy Commissioner

Elaine Farris named
Deputy Commissioner,
Learning and Results Services

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Elaine Farris, current superintendent of the Shelby County school district, has been named deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Learning and Results Services, the Kentucky Department of Education announced today.

Farris fills the post vacated by Linda France, who has served in the position since 2003 and is retiring.

Farris will oversee five offices: District Support Services; Teaching and Learning; Assessment and Accountability; Leadership and School Improvement; and Special Instructional Services. Those offices and the divisions and branches within provide services to Kentucky public school districts, including finance, facilities, nutrition, curriculum development, virtual learning, early childhood education, assessment, school improvement, school assistance, special needs, career and technical education, federal programs and teacher and student diversity.

Farris has nearly 30 years of educational experience and has served as Shelby County superintendent since 2004. She was named to that position after completing the Minority Superintendent Internship Program, which was sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education. Farris also has served as elementary director in Fayette County; elementary principal and assistant principal in Clark County; and as a health and physical education teacher in Clark County.

Farris earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a Rank I and an elementary physical education endorsement from Eastern Kentucky University. She pursued post-graduate work toward a doctorate at the University of Kentucky.

Farris is expected to begin her duties before the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.

This from KDE press release.
Congratulations Elaine!

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