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Versailles principal to attend Executive Leadership Training

A Versailles principal is set to begin a year-long executive level leadership training course usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs. Tiffany

Cook of Simmons Elementary was 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.

Cook, one of 40 selected principals, will begin attending classes this summer at The BB&T Leadership Institute in High Point, NC, in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. The BB&T Leadership Institute has customized a program to meet the specific leadership development needs of school administrators. Principals will also attend follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.

“As educators, it is imperative that we continue to learn, grow professionally, and sharpen our leadership skills,” said Cook. “I am honored to be chosen to participate in the Leadership Institute and appreciate that the sponsors value our continuous learning.”

Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing both 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 over 350 principals from 93 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.

“The business community takes great pride in supporting the Leadership Institute for School Principals,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. “Employers value the importance of effective leadership in the private sector, and the same is true for schools. That’s why we think it is important principals experience executive-level training similar to what is provided for corporate leaders.”

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