JUNEAU (AP) -- Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway is retiring in March, Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration announced Thursday.
Holloway was appointed by former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, but had continued to serve since Murkowski took office in December. She is the last member of the Knowles cabinet to leave the administration.
Murkowski spokesman John Manly said Holloway is being considered for an appointment to the state Board of Education, which will provide nominations for a new commissioner.
Holloway is retiring March 3 after 40 years as an educator and two terms as the state's top educator. Murkowski praised Holloway's service in a statement released Thursday.
''I have worked with her during my years in the Senate and over the first months of this new administration, and she has been a strong advocate for Alaska's children,'' Murkowski said.
Karen Rehfeld, currently director of education support services in the Department of Education and Early Development, will serve as acting commissioner until a permanent replacement is named.
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