Commissioner search extended
Jeanine Blomberg was supposed to be Florida's interim education commissioner only through June. Today she agreed to stay on until the fall, as the State Board of Education decided to lengthen its time line for choosing a full-time replacement for John Winn, who retired at the end of February. The hang up? Only one executive search firm applied to run the national search, and that firm didn't meet all the board's requirements. Other companies didn't respond to the invitation to negotiate, and when department officials asked why, they learned that none thought they could do a good enough job in just four months. So the board is sending out a new request for proposals and looking to get a new commissioner on the job by October. And Blomberg, who has said she doesn't want the post permanently, will remain in charge until then.