May 11 marked the completion of Cohort 1 of the Lawrence County School District Leadership Academy for 12 district employees. The academy was established to prepare, engage, and support educators at all levels with the skills, capacity, and knowledge needed to lead schools and improve students’ academic achievement and overall success. Academy candidates attended sessions once per month throughout the past year and heard presentations from district leaders. Each candidate also completed and presented a Capstone Project at the May 11 meeting. The district thanks Ramey’s of Monticello for providing the delicious cake for the celebration. Employees completing the program include (front row, from left) Tawanna Thornton, Lawrence County High School; Pamela Rodgers, Monticello Elementary School; Dr. Jeff Quin, Lawrence County Technology and Career Center; Tiffany James, New Hebron Attendance Center; (back row) Jacqueline Cascio, NHAC; Alicia Conerly, MES; Jessica Farnham, MES; Al Felder, Topeka Tilton Attendance Center; Jessica Lampton, TTAC; Cassie Bridges, Rod Paige Middle School; Joshua Yeager, RPMS; and (not pictured) Joseph Hooker, LCHS.