Former communications director and cabinet secretary appointed to state Board of Education

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/AP) - Governor Matt Bevin's secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has resigned to accept an appointment to the state Board of Education.

Hal Heiner announced his resignation in a news release on Monday. The Louisville businessman was one of Bevin's GOP primary opponents in 2015. He has worked in the Bevin administration since December 2015.

"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," said Heiner.

Heiner was one of seven new appointments Bevin made to the state Board of Education on Monday. They include Amanda Stamper, Bevin's former communications director who is now the public relations director for Anthem Inc.

Other appointees include Kathy Gornik, Kentucky Board of Education parental adviser Tracey Cusick, Joe Papalia, Ashland businesswoman Laura Timberlake, and Ben Cundiff.

All members of the board serve four-year terms.

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