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Search for new education commissioner criticized

Oct 21, 2014

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The search for a new education commissioner in Missouri is causing friction between the state school board president and an association of school superintendents.

School board President Peter Herschend says he sees no reason to delay and wants a new commissioner named by the end of the month. He says he sees no need for a national search or convening working groups to discuss priorities. He says the board has several strong candidates.

The Kansas City Star reports the Missouri Association of School Administrators says it does not see the need to hurry, and would prefer the search take enough time to choose a commissioner who would work well with school districts in the state.

The new education commissioner will replace retiring Commissioner Chris Nicastro.