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RISD representatives travel to Frankfort, 10/30/18

Representatives in Frankfort

Recently, Travis Burton, Manager of Public Affairs at Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, in Frankfort, invited representatives from Russellville Independent Schools to join him for an Essential Skills Meeting.  Superintendent, Bart Flener; College Coach, Tracy Naylor; and Literacy Coach, Cassie Reding accepted his invitation and found the day to be informative and beneficial to their work here in preparing RJSHS students for success after high school.  According the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, employers across the state are struggling to find qualified individuals with the skills needed to fill the jobs they have available.  A skills gap that has been growing over the last few years relates to essential, or “soft” skills.  Essential skills include things such as communication, showing up, being diligent, and being drug free.  These foundational skills are valued by employers across all sectors.  That is why the Chamber, along with the Kentucky School Boards Association, the Kentucky Superintendents Association, and the Kentucky Association of School Administrators backed a bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor to empower schools to start addressing this skills gap.  In order to help with the implementation of the bill, this delegation from Russellville Independent Schools traveled to Frankfort to meet with various stakeholders from across the state to share their “Russellville Ready” program.  The program has been hailed as a great model for helping schools instill essential skills into student K-12.  Mr. Burton, said, “THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. It was so helpful and inspiring to see your work!”

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