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As of Aug. 1, Sarah Hornback, director of family services for LaRue County Schools, assumes a new role as director of community education.
The former director, Vicki Devers, retired this year after serving in that capacity for 20 years.
Like her predecessor, Hornback sees community education in a variety of roles that change with the needs of the people.
“There are 144 community education programs in Kentucky and each one is a little different,” said Hornback. “The broad goals include improving facility usage, lifelong learning opportunities, volunteerism/community involvement, and P-12 support and collaboration.”
She intends to increase that collaboration with a variety of groups so that she can get the word out about the many opportunities for community involvement in the schools.
Hornback credited Devers with establishing a strong tradition of collaboration with several other agencies, including the LaRue County Health Department, Cooperative Extension Service and Youth Service Center.
With 21 years’ service in the school district, Hornback also has formed ties with various organizations through her many responsibilities that include supervisor of Kids Crew, district supervisor for Family Resource and Youth Service centers, Title III (ESL) director, Adult Education Director, Migrant Advocate, United Way contact, Community Early Childhood Council contact, and coordinator for LaRue County Reads, LaRue County Distinguished Alumni and Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund.
“With my involvement with LaRue County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, Community Early Childhood Council, United Way and other groups, I anticipate a great deal of collaboration with those groups as well,” she said. “The Buffalo School Apartments contacted me earlier this year about possibly using their facility for some classes.”
Additionally, adult education and the public library are offering regular classes that we can help publicize.
She intends to publicize opportunities through the school district’s web page, The Bridge (electronic newsletter from the school system), The LaRue County Herald News, and Extension office monthly newsletter.
“I would also like to see if there is a need for any classes that are not being met by other agencies or groups in the community,” she said. “We don’t want to duplicate anything anyone else is doing but if there are needs, I would love for individuals to contact me about classes they would be interested in taking or teaching.”
Some of the more popular classes in the past have included Lighten Up LaRue, zumba, beginning computers, candy-making and crafts, she noted.
“I would like to see some sort of exercise class since LaRue County needs to be healthier - and I could use the exercise,” she said. “Since some agencies and businesses are offering some of these, I’ll just have to see what kinds of needs surface that are not currently available.”
She encourages people in the community to call and let her know their thoughts.
“If we have enough people interested, I’ll be happy to organize any type of class that would benefit our community in some way,” she said.
She can be reached at her office (270-358-8334) or the LaRue County Board of Education (358-4111).