Wednesday, November 14, 2007

State education board meets with 3 of 4 chief candidates

COVINGTON -- The Kentucky Board of Education met in executive session yesterday to interview finalists for the state education chief position and will interview a final candidate today....

...Chairman Joe Brothers said he wasn't sure if the board would select a commissioner today. He said members may do additional research, including visiting the school districts where some of the candidates were former leaders.

Last week Gov.-elect Steve Beshear had urged the board to delay the selection and hire a search firm. The board said they appreciated Beshear's comments, but they wanted to move forward with the candidate interviews and did not want to retain a search firm. Beshear was invited to meet the candidates, but he decided against that offer.

The board initially used a search firm to find a replacement for Gene Wilhoit, who left the job to work with an education-advocacy group in Washington, D.C. Illinois educator Barbara Erwin was hired, but resigned after questions arose about her resume and leadership skills.

The board now is embroiled in a legal battle with the search firm that helped identify Erwin as a candidate.

This from the Herald-Leader.

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