The Kentucky Board of Education will return to Frankfort on Jan. 7 to begin the process of finding a new state education commissioner. The meeting also will shed some light on how the Department of Education plans to implement Gov. Steve Beshear’s call for a 2 percent spending reduction by June 30.
The state board meeting agenda, released this morning, includes the following items:
Dr. Draud announced last week that he would resign his position of 13 months. He is recovering from a stroke he suffered in September.
- Acceptance of the resignation of Commissioner Jon Draud
- Administrative issues relative to Draud’s departure (assumed to be the appointment of an interim commissioner following Draud’s early February exit)
- Steps to follow in filling the position of commissioner
- Discussion and consideration of a motion to approve KDE’s 2 percent budget reduction proposal
- The agenda also includes a pair of planned closed sessions tied to personnel issues.
Although the governor protected base SEEK funding from his spending reductions to cover a projected $454 million revenue shortfall, he directed state agencies to reduce spending in varying amounts, including a 2 percent cut for the remainder of elementary and secondary education programs. Department of Education officials have made no public announcements to date of how that spending reduction will be implemented.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This from KSBA: