The Missouri Board of Education is interviewing the four finalists today for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner job. The identities of the candidates are unknown.

Finalists to interview today for top Missouri education spot

In September, the board launched its search for the new education chief. At the time, President Charlie Shields said the hope is to have a commissioner start in January.

December 1 will mark one year since the firing of Margie Vandeven as education commissioner. Roger Dorson has been serving at the helm since then and has said he will serve as interim commissioner as long as he’s needed.

Five previous board members were appointed by former Gov. Eric Greitens with the intention of firing Vandeven. Those members are no longer serving.

The education leader would oversee a staff of about 1,650 workers. The department is involved in the education of about 900,000 Missouri public school students in 518 districts.

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