And this from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Draud not a shoo-in
The bid by Northern Kentucky legislator Jon Draud to be the state's education commissioner may have been dealt a blow today by Gov.-elect Steve Beshear.
Beshear asked the state Board of Education on Friday to reopen its search for a new commissioner. Beshear said he thinks the uncertain political climate surrounding the governor's race may have deterred qualified candidates from applying for the job....
...Draud, a Republican state representative from Edgewood and the retired superintendent of the Ludlow schools in Kenton County, said this morning that conducting a new search would be a mistake.
"That sends a message to the rest of the potential applicants that Kentucky has a lot of problems," Draud said. "That would be two searches in a row that haven't been successful. Regardless of whether I get the job or not, I don't think that makes Kentucky look very good." ...
And this KDE press release:
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - During a special-called meeting today, the Kentucky Board of Education agreed to continue with its search for a top candidate for the position of commissioner of education.
The board will hold interviews with the four finalists for the position on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 and 14, at the Embassy Suites RiverCenter in Covington. After the completion of the interviews, the board will determine next steps in the process, which might include gathering additional information on the finalists and/or extending the search to allow an additional opportunity to consider other persons.
Governor-Elect Steve Beshear attended the board meeting today and offered his support as the board moves forward through the process. Beshear encouraged the board to extend the process and seek to broaden the pool of candidates.
In late October, the board selected four finalists for the position:
· Jon Draud, state representative for the 63rd District and a former superintendent of the Ludlow Independent school district
· Richard Hughes, a professor at Morehead State University and former superintendent of the Hardin County school district
· Larry Vick, superintendent of the Owensboro Independent school district
· Jim Warford, executive director/CEO of the Florida Association of School Administrators and a former chancellor for Florida’s public schools.