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New Education Commissioner Starts Work

From Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeighToday is the first day on the job for Kentucky’s new Commissioner of Education.Almost three weeks ago, the state school board hired North Carolina educator Terry Holliday as Kentucky’s new education commissioner. The board meets again Wednesday, and Holliday will be there.“I plan on being on the road quite a bit and visiting schools and opening schools," he says. "But I need to sit down with superintendents. I think we may have some summer conferences coming up and some summer meetings that I can get to work with superintendents. Because no matter what we do here in Frankfort, they’ve got to make it work.”Holliday has been offered a four-year contract at 225-thousand dollars a year. Also today, the school board could elect new officers. Joe Brothers of Elizabethtown has served as board chairman since August 2007. During that time, the board has hired two commissioners. Jon Draud, who preceded Holliday, resigned late last year for health reasons.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.