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Governor Phil Scott Praises Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe for Contributions to State

March 27, 2018

Montpelier, Vt. –  Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement regarding Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe’s April 1 departure from the Agency of Education and her service to the State: 

“I want to thank Rebecca for her years of service to the State and her work to ensure our kids receive the best possible education right here in Vermont. She’s been a valuable and committed public servant.

“Through her expertise and tenacity on Act 46, Rebecca has had a positive impact on Vermont’s schools and education system, working diligently to broaden the scope of opportunities we can provide our kids, improve equality, and ensure they see a quality education. In the context of this law alone, Rebecca has likely met with every superintendent and school board member in the state, and this work remains very important as we move forward. 

“In addition to my gratitude for the contributions she’s made in education, I’m also thankful for her contributions as a member of my Cabinet. I wish her the best in the next phase of her career. 

“My Administration remains fully committed to building a Cradle-to-Career education system that ensures our students see more value and opportunity from the investments we currently make, Vermont becomes an education destination for families, and we strengthen our workforce through strong educational pathways at every stage of life. 

“We’re very fortunate to have a good team in place to ensure stability and continuity as we transition to a new Secretary. In the coming days, I will appoint an interim-Secretary and look forward to working with the State Board of Education to appoint a new Secretary of Education who will build on the progress Rebecca has achieved in her tenure.”