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November 08, 2012

Search Committee Announces Candidates for Agency Secretary

The Vermont State Board of Education Search Committee announced its recommendations for the new position of Secretary of Education. Act 98 of the 2012 legislative session calls for the creation of an Agency of Education, effective January 1, 2013. This new law authorizes the Governor to appoint a Secretary from three candidates proposed by the State Board of Education. The Secretary will serve at the pleasure of the Governor and be a member of his cabinet.

Stephan Morse, Chairman of the State Board of Education, appointed a four-person Search Committee in late summer to conduct the search. The committee has conducted a national search for the position and sought the advice of several in the Vermont education community. The three names will be submitted to the full Board of Education for approval at its November 13 Board meeting.

Morse announced that these three candidates will be proposed to the full Board at its November 13th meeting:

• Daniel French, Superintendent, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, Manchester

• Brent Kay, Superintendent of Schools, Orange Southwest Supervisory Union, Randolph

• Armando Vilaseca, current Commissioner of Education, Westford

Morse said, “This will be an exciting and challenging time for the education community as it transitions from a department to a full state agency. I am confident the new Secretary and the State Board of Education will continue to serve Vermont students well.” Morse pointed out under the new law that the Secretary will manage the agency while the Board will continue to set educational policy and conduct the rule making process.

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: November 08, 2012 07:52:57