Al Rider Introduces the Education Committee

Hi, my name is Al Rider and I am proud to serve as the Chairperson of Hardin County United’s Education Subcommittee.  I also serve as the President/CEO of the North Central Education Foundation (everyone needs a day job!).  I’m pleased that you have taken the time to visit the new Hardin County United Web site and I’d like to tell you a little bit about our Subcommittee.

Virtually all of Greater Hardin County’s education leaders serve on the Education Subcommittee.  We have representatives from all three school districts – Elizabethtown, Hardin County and West Point.  We also have members from Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Western Kentucky University, the Hardin County Public Library, the “4C” (Community Coordinated Child Care), Troy University and The News-Enterprise.  I’m also pleased to have my colleague from the Foundation, Davette Swiney on board.

As you can see, we have a terrific roster – people who are truly committed to providing the best education possible to the citizens of Hardin County!

I’d like to think that our Subcommittee is a work in progress.  Specifically, we have been tasked to review the strategic goals related to education which were established by the Hardin County Vision Project in 2010.

Broadly speaking, that will include such things as examining how education is delivered in Hardin County today and asking ourselves if this is the most efficient platform.  Also, we want to know if there are any gaps in the local system – is anything missing?

Why is this important?  It’s important because Hardin County is changing right before our eyes.  While agriculture and manufacturing remain important sources of employment, with the base realignment (BRAC) which is underway at Fort Knox, a major part of our economy is transforming to a knowledge-based workforce.  We have to make sure that our local education systems – elementary schools, high schools, and post-secondary programs – are meeting the needs of Fort Knox.

Our Subcommittee has been busy since its inception last year.  In fact, we will be issuing our first report in about a week.  On behalf of our Subcommittee, I invite you to join us in this journey.  Be sure and visit this site again soon, learn about our first report which will have an impact on the entire community, and, most importantly, let us know what you think.

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