FRANKFORT, Ky.— A Laurel County manager is about to begin a year-long leadership training course at the executive level, usually reserved for the best CEOs in the country. Jeremy Kidd of South Laurel High School was selected in March to participate in the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board of business leaders and school principals.
Kidd, one of 36 directors selected, will begin taking courses this summer at the Truist Leadership Institute in Greensboro, NC, in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. The Truist Leadership Institute has customized a program to meet the specific leadership development needs of school administrators. Directors will also be attending follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.
“Thanks to the Leadership Institute and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation for giving me this opportunity. Through positive interactions, adopting a growth mindset and emphasizing preparation for transition; our students have more opportunities for success throughout their lives. A major component that determines success is lifelong learning, ”said Kidd. “As educators, we model this for our students while continually refining our practices to improve each day. I am grateful that I can grow and increase my leadership skills so that I can be a better servant-leader for my school community. Go the cards! “
Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing public and private schools applied for the institute, which is supported by generous donations from businesses across the state. So far, more than $ 3 million has been spent on more than 400 principals in 95 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.
“The business community is very proud to support the Leadership Institute for School Principals,” said Ashli Watts, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber. “Employers recognize the value of effective leadership in the private sector, and so do schools. As the foundation of our future workforce, we believe it is important to give our Kentucky schools every chance for success. “