State Rep. Jon Draud Chosen As Education Commissioner

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously selected state Representative Jon Draud (R-Edgewood) as education commissioner Sunday.

Draud is a retired school superintendent of the Ludlow school district in northern Kentucky. He beat out three other finalists for the job, said spokeswoman Lisa Gross.

The Kentucky education commissioner post has been vacant for almost a year. The previous commissioner, Gene Wilhoit, resigned to take a job with a Washington, D.C.-based education advocacy group.

In May, the state school board hired Illinois educator Barbara Erwin, but she resigned from the $220,000 post shortly after amid controversy over errors on her resume and criticism of her leadership in past jobs. The hiring process has drawn scrutiny since Erwin's hiring and resignation.

Gov.-elect Steve Beshear had asked the board to reopen the search nationally, hire a new search firm and seek additional candidates so it would have a broader pool of people to draw from.

Chairman Joe Brothers said the board's decision had nothing to do with Beshear. Instead, Brothers said, board members feared the integrity of the search would have been jeopardized had it scrapped its current batch of finalists.

The board interviewed three other finalists besides Draud: Richard Hughes, retired Hardin County school superintendent; Larry Vick, the Owensboro school superintendent; and Jim Warford, former superintendent of a Florida school district and a former chancellor of the Florida Department of Education.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-11-25-07 1729EST

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  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Nov 25, 2007 at 03:43 PM
    Of course they're not going to scrap the current search because Beshear asked them to. The board is full of Fletcher appointees, and this is their final act to make sure at least one partisan Republican is leading something in the state for the next 4 years. If they had just chosen one of the other finalists, I wouldn't even think that, but to pick a Republican legislator 2 weeks before the Democratic administration takes over??? This just wreaks of partisan political BS. But that's how Kentucky works and we keep electing these ya-hoos to office and they won't change how it works.
  • by wilhemakeit Location: KY on Nov 25, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    Was he Democrat or Republican? The school system should not political! Get the story right.


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