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RICHMOND, Ky. – On Monday, March 1, Eastern Kentucky University will offer school and community members a day of planning to promote high school graduation for all Kentucky youth when it hosts Graduate Kentucky Summit, a statewide initiative to address Kentucky’s dropout problem through a community approach.
The regional summit is co-sponsored by EKU’s College of Education, the Office of the Governor and First Lady of Kentucky, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, SouthEast/SouthCentral Education Cooperative, Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice and the Kentucky Center for Middle School Academic Achievement.
School districts are welcome to send teams of three to seven school and community representatives to the event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Perkins Building on EKU’s Richmond campus.
In addition to keynote speakers and breakout sessions offering practical initiatives for participants’ school districts, teams will work with Dr. Jim Littlejohn, a consultant with AHA! Process, to develop a local community action plan. School superintendents will meet with Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday during the breakout session.
Participants will also hear remarks from Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear; Hasan Davis, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice; Dr. Ron Crouch, Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development; Dr. Roger Cleveland, EKU College of Education; Fran Salyers, Director, Center for Middle School Academic Achievement; and a student panel representing all students at risk for dropping out.
Teams must be registered through School District Superintendents on the SouthEast/SouthCentral Cooperative’s Web site (https://coetech.eku.edu/registration/Cntrl_KY_DropOutSummit.php).
Teams larger than four must include at least two community representatives (social services, family court, juvenile justice, local Chamber of Commerce, business and industry, parents or postsecondary education programs).
A continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided. The registration fee of $25 per person will cover resource materials. Space is limited; register by Friday, Feb. 19.
For more information, contact Dr. Dorie Combs, EKU Department of Curriculum & Instruction at dorie.combs@eku.edu or 859-622-1432 or contact Mendi Goble at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 859-623-1720.

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