Kentucky’s Board of Education Wants Your Input in the Search for New Commissioner

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is asking residents of the state to participate in a community survey about the qualities they would like to see in the state’s next education commissioner.

The Kentucky Department of Education created and is administering the survey, which is open at the same time the board is looling for an executive search firm to help find the new commissioner. 

“It is crucial that we gather feedback from across the state so that we can make critical and informed decisions as we proceed with our search,” Board Chair David Karem said. “The input we receive from this survey will help shape our vision as to what we need to look for in a candidate over the coming months.”

The survey, which is available here,  will be open unti 5 p.m. EST on February 6, 2020. It takes approximately five minutes to complete.

A team of board members is currently evaluating proposals from search firms vying to help the board find the next commissioner.  Those proposals are being accepted until 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 24 and the firm is expected to make recommendations to the full board at a special meeting February 12. The survey results will also be shared at this meeting.

“We are committed to moving quickly and aggressively in the search for our next commissioner,” Karem said.

The board hopes to have a new commissioner in place by July 1.