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September 23, 2002

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

K-12 Public Education Chancellor interviews to be rescheduled

TALLAHASSEE — Education Secretary Jim Horne announced today that the interviews for the K-12 Chancellor position are being rescheduled to be completed shortly before the October meeting of the Florida Board of Education.

In a conference call on Friday, the search firm Korn/Ferry International brought forward two finalists for the position: Clifford B. Janey, former superintendent of schools for the Rochester City School District in New York; and Carmen Varela-Russo, chief executive officer of the Baltimore City Public School System in Maryland.

"I wanted to have at least three candidates presented to the Chancellor Review Team, but when one candidate withdrew late in the search process, we planned to continue with two," said Secretary Horne. "However, members of the Florida Board of Education suggested that it would be better to consider at least three individuals, and I have therefore asked the executive search firm to identify additional candidates for our consideration."

The Board of Education meeting on Sept. 25 has also been cancelled as a result of the extension of the Chancellor search.