Warford won't be going home
For the second time in three months, Jim Warford made the short list for state education commissioner, but did not get the final nod. This time it was in Kentucky, where Warford, a Kentucky native, was one of four finalists.
"It was an honor to be considered," Warford told the Gradebook in an e-mail this morning, less than 24 hours after the Kentucky Board of Education named a Kentucky state representative to that state's top ed post. "I am not applying for any other positions. I will continue to focus my energy and attention on the Florida Association of School Administrators."
Warford, 58, is a former Marion County superintendent and Florida K-12 chancellor who has headed FASA for the past two years. In September, he was one of seven finalists for the Florida ed commish job that ultimately went to Eric J. Smith. "Kentucky and Florida were unique opportunities and I have no regrets about either process," Warford wrote. To read more about the decision in Kentucky, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter