Holcombe to step down as ed secretary

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe will be stepping down from her post at the end of the month.

Rebecca Holcombe/File

In a letter she sent to education partners Tuesday, Holcombe said it was time to move on. Governor Phil Scott in a statement thanked Holcombe for her service.

Holcombe was the director of teacher education at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College before she was appointed Vermont education secretary in 2013 by Scott's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Peter Shumlin. She arrived shortly before the passage of Act 46, the state's ground breaking effort to consolidate districts, improve services and lower tax rates.

"Through her expertise and tenacity on Act 46, Rebecca has had a positive impact on Vermont's schools and education system," Scott said.

Scott said he plans to announce an interim-secretary while he works with the state Board of Education to appoint a new secretary. Holcombe's last day is April 1.