Two Christian County Public Schools' principals have received a high honor. Carrie Caples of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Tonya Oakley of Indian Hills Elementary were both selected to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation's Leadership Institute for School Principals.

According to a press release from the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, the year-long training course is usually reserved for the nation's top CEOs.

The two CCPS principals make up a class of 50 total principals that will attend classes this summer at the BB&T Leadership Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to the release, the leadership institute has programs designed specifically to meet the leadership development needs of school administrators.

"I am honored to be participating in this leadership experience, that revolves around skills to help motivate, inspire and engage all stakeholders," said Oakley in a statement.

During the fall and in early 2020, principals will attend follow-up sessions in Kentucky.

"Attending the Leadership Institute for School Principals is an exciting and excellent opportunity for me to grow as an instructional and community leader," said Caples in a statement.

According to the Kentucky chamber, principals from elementary, middle and high schools -- both public and private -- can apply to learn at the institute. The program began in 2011 and more than 380 principals from 95 Kentucky counties have participated.


"The business community takes great pride in supporting the Leadership Institute for School Principals," said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson in a statmement. "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."

For the local school system, these two principals represent the district's attempt to stay on the forefront of training and technology in education.

"I am extremely grateful to our business sponsors and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation for the opportunity for two of our principals to receive this powerful individual leadership training," said CCPS Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill. "The experience will deliver cutting-edge training to help principals which in turn impacts many children."

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