Missouri board to interview 3 education commissioner finalists Wednesday

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | 12:53 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The State Board of Education has settled on three finalists to become Missouri's next education commissioner.

The finalists include Bert Schulte, of Columbia, who was named interim commissioner after the Jan. 7 death of Commissioner Kent King.

The other finalists are Chris Nicastro, the Hazelwood School District Superintendent, and Dennis Cheek, a Pennsylvania educational consultant who serves as a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

The state board plans to interview the three candidates Wednesday, but it does not intend to make a decision this week.


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