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They had 10 extra days. But no one bit.

Not one new resume showed up on the Florida education commissioner search web site by today's 5 p.m. deadline that hadn't made the July 13 cutoff. That's despite outreach to the politicians and educators that talked about putting their names in but didn't, plus whatever else it is that headhunting firms are supposed to do. DOE spokesman Tom Butler tells the Gradebook that there's been no move (so far) to further postpone the deadline.

  The most notable names remained K-12 chancellor Cheri Yecke, former chancellor Jim Warford, retired Hillsborough superintendent Earl Lennard, former Colorado education commissioner William Moloney, and former Michigan superintendent of public instruction Tom Watkins Jr.

Butler says that the candidate pool could still grow, if someone mailed an application before the deadline passed. Proact, the search firm, will update its site as quickly as possible, he adds.

If nothing else happens, Proact is scheduled to give the State Board of Education a recommended list of  semifinalists at an Aug. 14 board meeting. If the board doesn't change its time line - it still could readvertise, seek a new search firm or short circuit the process in any number of ways - it aims to have a new commissioner on the job by October. The position has been open since John Winn retired in February.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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