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New interim state education commissioner named

A former Kentucky Department of Education official has been named interim state education commissioner.

Kevin Noland was appointed by the Kentucky Board of Education on Monday. He will serve until a new permanent state education commissioner is appointed, something the state board hopes to accomplish by Aug. 1.

Noland succeeds Elaine Farris, who had served as interim commissioner since January. She is leaving to become superintendent of Clark County schools, effective July 1.

Noland previously served as legal counsel, associate commissioner and deputy commissioner for the state Department of Education. He also has served three times as interim commissioner. Noland retired from the department in 2008.