Frankfort, KY – On September 5th, Education Commissioner Jon Draud was returning from a speaking engagement at Shaker Village near Lexington, when he experienced numbness in his feet. Doctors first thought he had a viral infection, but later determined it was a mild stroke. He's still recovering, but tells Kentucky Public Radio, he's feeling much better. My prognosis is good. The neurologist said You will get better,' but he doesn't know how long, or to what degree.
Draud is still having problems with his right foot and walks with a cane, but he showed up for this month's State School Board meeting. He says he still has a ways to go before he can report to work daily. In the meantime, he's staying in constant phone contact with Deputy Commissioner Elaine Farris. Seventy-year old Draud, a former northern Kentucky lawmaker, was named commissioner last November.