Branstad Names Director of Education Department

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has named the superintendent of a small Polk County school district as director of the Iowa Department of Education.

Branstad announced Tuesday that he'd appointed 44-year-old Brad Buck to head the department.

He will replace Jason Glass, who left the position in June to take a job with a Colorado school district.

Buck has worked as superintendent of the 1,300-student Saydel school district since July 2011. He previously was an administrator in the Waukee, Hudson and North Mahaska school districts.

He began his education career in 1992 as a middle school science teacher in Ankeny.

Branstad says Buck has the skills to implement education reforms approved by the 2013 Legislature, including a teacher leadership program that will be phased in over several years.

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