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The search for a new Kentucky Education Commissioner continues.

The state school board has a two-day retreat in Frankfort this week, where it will receive an update on the Education Commissioner’s search. Lisa Gross of the Education Department says a Florida search firm is already running ads and screening resumes.

“Not sure if we have a good number on how many folks have applied. Of course, the rumors are flying fast and furious. The board wants anyone who I s interested in the position – a Kentuckian or someone out of state – to apply, because they want a good pool of candidates,” Gross said.

The board plans to have a new commissioner onboard by the beginning of August. Former commissioner Jon Draud resigned earlier this year for health reasons. For now, Elaine Farris is serving as interim commissioner.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."