UPDATE 9:13 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015: The Courier-Journal reports that Christopher Koch and Stephen Pruitt are the two finalists for state education commissioner.
Two Kentucky education commissioner candidates have told news organizations they were not chosen as the two finalists for the post.
State school board members had identified five candidates but then said three were eliminated. They have not said which two candidates remain in the running to replace Terry Holliday, who retired at the end of August.
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Buddy Berry, superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools, told WDRB-TV in Louisville and the Kentucky School Boards Association News Service that he was not one of the two remaining candidates.
Kathleen Airhart, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Education, also told WDRB she was not one of the finalists.
The other three candidates were Christopher A. Koch, interim president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and former Illinois state education superintendent; Lloyd D. Martin, CEO of Universal School Solutions, a consultancy firm in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Stephen L. Pruitt, senior vice president of Achieve Inc., an education reform organization.
Two of those three are undergoing in-depth background checks. The third has been eliminated.