The list of applicants for Kentucky education commissioner has been narrowed to about a dozen names, and the state board of education will start interviewing the candidates this weekend.
The board plans to name a new commissioner in August to succeed Jon Draud, who resigned in December for health reasons.
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, a Florida-based search firm hired by the board, accumulated an initial list of about 300 applicants for the job, then winnowed that to about 100.
That list has been trimmed to about a dozen, after the search firm conferred with state board members during their regular meeting in Frankfort, which wrapped up Thursday, Kentucky Education Department spokeswoman Lisa Gross said.
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The state board has scheduled a meeting for Sunday through Tuesday at the Marriott-Cincinnati Airport Hotel in Hebron to interview the remaining candidates. The site, near Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, apparently was selected for the convenience of candidates flying in to be interviewed.
Closed-door interviews probably will start Sunday evening, Gross said, and continue from early morning to late evening Monday and Tuesday.
Gross said it's doubtful that board members will reach a decision by the end of the interviewing process Tuesday.
Members apparently would have to schedule a formal meeting later.
Gross said the board's goal is to stick with the list of candidates compiled by the search firm. But she didn't rule out the possibility the board might consider others.
At least one Kentuckian has applied — Daviess County Superintendent Tom Shelton. It is not known whether Shelton is still in the running.
Gross said it's unclear whether the names of finalists will be made public.