Local leaders discuss the state of the community

Elected local government officials as well as school administrators had the opportunity to give updates on their respective offices on Tuesday morning during the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Breakfast.

Those giving updates included Franklin County Judge-Executive Michael Mueller; Frankfort Mayor Layne Wilkerson; Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, interim president at Kentucky State University; Sheri Satterly, superintendent for Frankfort Independent Schools; and Mark Kopp, superintendent for Franklin County Schools.

All five speakers touched on continued growth as a priority for the near and longterm future.

Johnson called attention to current KSU’s agreement with the YMCA, the City of Frankfort and Franklin County in renovating the school’s athletic facility, the Exum Center. He also noted that academically, the school was expanding the agricultural program in fields like sustainable farming as well as furthering strategic partnerships with the city and county.

Johnson noted that KSU is putting an emphasis on long-term planning.

“We are going to have a consulting firm come and help us build a road map,” Johnson told the crowd. “The idea of a road map is that we need to have a long-term strategic direction for Kentucky State and building that road map is going to be essential for us. The plan is what should Kentucky State look like 20 years from now.”

Satterly, who was hired by FIS in June, spoke on the school system’s continued growth in both programs