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State Education Board Wants New Commissioner by August

The Kentucky Board of Education wants to have a new education commissioner in place by the first of August.  The board is meeting this week in Frankfort, and has selected the Florida firm of Greenwood/Asher and Associates to conduct the search.  Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the board was clear about its search criteria. “The board members want to make sure that any candidate that is brought to them by that search firm has been vetted, that there have been background checks, that they’ve talked with people who work with those candidates, so they can get a good sense of the kind of track record that person has," says Gross.The previous commissioner, Jon Draud, resigned in February, citing health concerns.  He had been commissioner since November 2007.