Thursday, February 11, 2010
The search for a new commissioner of the Kansas Department of Education has been suspended.
The 10-member State Board of Education says Wednesday that the cost of conducting a national search for a new commissioner is difficult to justify amid state budget cuts.
Chairwoman Janet Waugh of Kansas City says the board is also pleased with the progress of interim commissioner Diane DeBacker and that the Kansas education system is moving forward.
DeBacker was named interim commissioner after Alexa Posny resigned to take a position in October with the U.S. Department of Education.
Board members were set to conduct interviews next month, but Waugh says that process is on hold indefinitely.