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Union Woman Appointed, with Heiner, to Kentucky Board of Education

Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Hal Heiner stepped down from that role on Monday and was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the Kentucky Board of Education.

“It has been a highlight of my career to serve as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Cabinet,” said Heiner, in an announcement. “Kentucky has made incredible strides in the areas of workforce readiness and education during these last two-and-a-half years, and I am confident that that gains will continue to be made. 

"There is, however, work still to be done, and I look forward to focusing my time and energy on students at the elementary and secondary levels as a member of the Board of Education.  Test scores and other academic achievement indicators must be improved across the state, and I look forward to working with the Board to provide all Kentucky students, regardless of wealth or zip code, with educational opportunities designed to meet their specialized learning needs and prepare them for success in college and careers.”

Bevin thanked Heiner, a former rival in the 2015 Republican primary for governor.

“I am grateful for Sec. Heiner’s skilled and selfless leadership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet over these past two and a half years,” said Bevin. “He has overseen a pivotal time of transformation, as we strengthen Kentucky’s education system and modernize workforce training. I appreciate his willingness to continue serving Kentucky in a less time-intensive, but very important role as a member of the state Board of Education. In his new role, I am confident he will work to ensure that every K-12 student in the Commonwealth has the best possible opportunity for success.”

Heiner was one of seven people appointed by Bevin to the state board of education.

Tracey Cusick, of Union, was also among them. The mother of ten presently serves as the parental advisor to the board.

She is involved in many community and education organizations and has a background in homeschooling, private schools, and public schools, a news release said.

Cusick holds an associate's degree in applied science from the State University of New York's Health Science Center in Syracuse.

-Staff report

Photo: Hal Heiner