The Kentucky Board of Education hopes to have by early August a short list of eight to 10 candidates for Kentucky's next education commissioner, board chairman Roger Marcum said Monday.
"Our goal still, hopefully, is to have someone identified near the departure date" of Commissioner Terry Holliday, which is August 31, Marcum said.
In April, Holliday announced he was retiring.
Holliday became Kentucky's fifth commissioner of education in July 2009.
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The state board of education has entered into a contract with the Florida-based search firm Greenwood/Asher and Associates to help find the next commissioner that would have a base fee of $70,000 and would not exceed $117,000.