At its regular meeting in Frankfort on Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously agreed to award Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday a four-year extension of his contract.
“This board’s relationship with Terry is extremely interactive on significant, high-level policy issues, such as the implementation of 2009’s Senate Bill 1, the state’s new assessment and accountability model, teacher and administrator professional growth, and the focus on college and career readiness for all Kentucky students,” said Board Chair David Karem. “This contract extension sends a strong message to all of Kentucky’s education partners that the board wants continuity and stability, and Terry’s willingness to accept an additional four-year term of service shows his deep commitment to this work. The board and the commissioner are on the same page and want the same outcomes for Kentucky’s students.”
"Terry's dedication to what's best for students is unparalleled," said board member Brigitte Blom Ramsey. "He firmly believes that every child can be successful, if we maintain high expectations and provide appropriate supports. He has a gift for communicating about policy in a no-nonsense fashion, actively listening and taking action in a timely manner. And, without a doubt, Terry's focus on effective, efficient and innovative strategies will continue to serve Kentucky well."
“I’m grateful to the board members for this evidence of their support for and confidence in my work as commissioner,” said Holliday. “I believe that continuity is crucially important as Kentucky moves forward in P-12 education, and I know that this state can maintain its status as a national leader through the work of Kentucky Department of Education staff, the board members, teachers, administrators, parents, students, our education partners and elected officials.”
Holliday was initially hired by the board in July 2009 as the state’s fifth commissioner of education and accepted a four-year contract at that time. This contract extension will cover the period from August 5, 2013, through August 4, 2017. The contract extension does not provide for a raise in Holliday’s salary, which remains at $225,000 per year.
Since his initial hiring as commissioner, Holliday has been named to several state- and national-level groups, including the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Assessment Governing Board, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting.