Last updated: July 07. 2014 1:26PM - 112 Views
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This month, a new director for Russellville-Logan County Community Education has started work.

Donna Brown Wilkerson took over for outgoing Community Ed director Alicia Carmichael at the beginning of July.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve Russellville-Logan County as Community Education Director,” Wilkerson said. “Community Education includes collaboration between schools and the community; preschool-12th grade support; volunteerism/citizen involvement; lifelong learning opportunities for citizens of all ages; and facility usage coordination. I am hopeful that I can use my particular skills and talents in a way that will have a positive impact on not only the students and administration of our schools, but the larger community as well.”

Russellville Independent schools superintendent Leon Smith said he is looking forward to Wilkerson, a former attorney, bringing her specific talents to the position.

“I think there’s a number of reasons she is a good fit for community education,” Smith said. “The first one is that she ownership in the district and has a strong desire for our district to be successful and promote the good things we’re doing.”

Wilkerson has four children currently attending school in the Russellville district and has served as a volunteer coach for the academic teams before being hired to the position at Community Education.

“She also has a deep knowledge in what we’re trying to do,” Smith said. “She comes to us very highly qualified and her heart is really in this job for our kids and our district.”

And while she is very qualified for the position, Smith said she has big shoes to fill in those of the outgoing director.

“We’ve been fortunate to have some good people in that position over the years,” Smith said. “Alicia was great in that position for the two years that she was here and we are confident that Donna will be just as good.”

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