Frankfort –by Carrie Nath
As an actor and theater director, I have to say the Frankfort trip makes me want to take this Leadership Kentucky team on the road! The Old Capitol experience with George McGee’s performance of the consummate statesman, Henry Clay, was riveting. The stellar performances of the LKY 2015 Class were academy award worthy! Dinner and bourbon tasting at Berry Hill Mansion was an excellent way to complete the first day. What a Kentucky treasure!
Thursday at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce offices felt like a revival with Governor Julian Carroll. Clearly the answer to public service is “Just getting it DONE!” One thing I truly appreciate about Leadership Kentucky is the opportunity to have divergent opinions and still treat your fellow presenter with respect. From Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senator McDaniel and Representative Rand to the lively yet amicable Al Cross and John David Dyche, the state has significant challenges with pensions, retirement, healthcare and affordable post-secondary education and solutions vary. Regardless, the ever gracious Lieutenant Governor, Crit LuAllen clearly sees Kentucky moving forward.
And finally: Westridge Elementary. A school that understands project based learning. How great to see art on the walls and students engaged and celebrating learning. Nothing quite like 5th Grade ambassadors to proudly show us around! The panels provided a comprehensive picture of education issues from pre-K to post-secondary. However, nothing hit home quite so hard as the story from Betty Lawson of Family Youth Services. Cory Meadows, thank you for recognizing this great leader who has turned her tragic childhood into an inspiration to serve others.
Great thanks to all of our panelists, and personally, I am humbled to have been included with our classmates of such great esteem: Melissa Bell, Bill Thro, Bob Davies and David Barnett to discuss education from our professional perspectives. I can’t wait to see Bob bust out the moves at OUR graduation!
Thanks to Janice and Nick, our sponsors and the LKY board members for continuing to make it all happen. To my fellow Kentucky Colonels (how cool is that?) see you in Paducah!