State Education Board Chairman ‘hopeful’ nomination for next education commissioner not far off

After pushing back the application deadline because of a less-then-appealing pool of candidates for the state’s top education job, State Board of Education Chairman Allan Taylor said they have since received several more applications.

“There are some encouraging signs,” he said Monday, declining to name individual applicants that have him so encouraged. “There is definitely more interest.”

Taylor had been considering hiring a search firm to launch the search but said that the board has now decided against that. The deadline for applications remains June 30, and Taylor said with these new applicantions he is “hopeful” the board will move forward and nominate to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s their recommendation for the next education commissioner.