Monday, April 21, 2014

Hale to headline WKEC’S prescription drug abuse symposium

David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, will be the luncheon speaker at the West Kentucky Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium hosted by the West Kentucky Educational Cooperative. 

The symposium, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, will be held at WKEC’s conference center at 435 Outlet Avenue in Eddyville. The symposium, underwritten by a grant from the Office of Regional Outreach at Murray State University, will feature a variety of speakers ranging from pharmacists to law enforcement officials to addiction and behavioral specialists. 
The symposium, which is open to the public, is geared to educators and caregivers of children including guidance counselors, teachers, teacher assistants, school and central office administrators, family resource and youth service center personnel, afterschool program directors, parents and grandparents, as well as area community leaders. While the symposium is offered at no charge, online registration is necessary at by 10 p.m. Sunday, April 27. 
Limited funding is available to support substitutes for those teachers wishing to attend, and six hours of EILA (Effective Instructional Leadership Act) credit is available. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. More information is available by contacting Todd Warren at or calling (270) 809-3493. 
The West Kentucky Educational Cooperative, located on the campus of Murray State University, provides an array of support services including teacher professional development, administrator training, special and adult education, grant writing and unified purchasing to the 26 school districts in the western third of the state. These districts represent more than 77,000 students and 5,300 certified staff members.