FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 3, 2004) - A southeastern Kentucky school official and leader in fighting substance abuse in his community is voicing his support for the Statewide Drug Control Assessment Summit 2004 Report.
Whitley County Schools Superintendent Lonnie Anderson said, "I am very pleased that Governor (Ernie) Fletcher has taken the initiative to implement a substance abuse program on a state wide basis. As a superintendent, I witness first hand how important it is to deal effectively with the negative impact of substance abuse.
"Governor Fletcher's leadership and influence is needed and appreciated as we attempt to deal with the devastating effects of substance abuse on our students and their families."
In addition to serving as a school superintendent since 1991, Anderson was appointed to the Local Superintendents Advisory Council by the Kentucky Legislature in 2003 to review proposed regulations submitted to the State Board of Education.
Anderson also serves on the board of directors of Unite, a regional counter-drug program started by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers. Unite uses education, law enforcement and drug treatment programs to combat drug abuse in a 29 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky.
In a parallel effort, the Kentucky Department of Education operates and coordinates Kentucky’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program. This activity provides funding to local school districts in an effort to support substance abuse programming. Much like the initiatives at the federal level, this program seeks to prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs through a school-based and community-based environment.
The Kentucky Education Cabinet coordinates learning programs from K-16, and manages and supports training and employment functions in the Department for Workforce Investment. For more information about our programs, visit www.educationcabinet.ky.gov <http://www.educationcabinet.ky.gov> or www.workforce.ky.gov <http://www.workforce.ky.gov>, or call 502-564-6606.