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Hager, BCMS principals will attend leadership program in N.C.

Hager, BCMS principals will attend leadership program in N.C.


Two area principals — Phillip Caudill of Hager Elementary School and Kimberly Fitch of Boyd County Middle School — are set to begin a year-long executive- level leadership training course usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs.

The principals were selected in March to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents.

The two and numerous other selected principals will begin attending classes this summer at the BB& T Leadership Institute in High Point, N.C. The institute has customized a program to meet leadership development needs of school administrators. Principals will also attend followup sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.

“I look forward to further developing my leadership ability through participation in the Leadership Institute for School Principals,” Caudill said. “I am grateful for the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s focus on the importance of effective leadership in our schools. I anticipate a positive learning experience that will help me excel in training, leading and motivating people.”

“To say I am excited to be selected to participate in this learning experience would be an understatement,” Fitch said. “I enjoy learning and growing in my field. I have heard from other principals in my district that have participated in the past, that this has been one of the best learning experiences in their administration career. I couldn’t pass it up.”

Elementary, middle and high school principals in Kentucky representing public and private schools applied for the institute, which is supported by donations from businesses.

More than $2.5 million has been spent on more than 300 principals from 74 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.

“We are proud of the fact that Kentucky is the only state in which the business community has made this kind of investment in its principals,” said chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

“Employers understand the positive impact of strong leadership in the workplace, and the same is true of schools.”

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