State school board picks a new commissioner, but no announcement until contract is approved

Republished from Kentucky Lantern


The Kentucky Board of Education is set to start contract negotiations with a finalist for state education commissioner after two days of candidate interviews.

Three finalists named in Kentucky’s education commissioner search

The board authorized its chair,  Sharon Porter Robinson, to enter into negotiations with the preferred candidate, said a news release from the Kentucky Department of Education. The proposed contract will be presented to the full board at a future special called meeting and the selected candidate will be announced when the contract is approved.

The KBE intends to name a new commissioner and submit that individual to the Kentucky Senate for confirmation by the end of March, says the release. 

The board named three finalists on March 11: 

  • Buddy Berry, Eminence Independent Schools superintendent, 
  • Robbie Fletcher, Lawrence County Schools superintendent,
  • Jim Flynn,  Kentucky Association of School Superintendents executive director.

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