Rinehart will head community ed in Boyle

July 01, 2004|TODD KLEFFMAN

Danville and Boyle County schools have turned to a familiar face to take over as director of their joint Community Education program.

Steve Rinehart starts in the position on Tuesday, moving over from R.R. Donnelly, where he had been a trainer, administrator and instructional designer for 25 years. Since the Community Education program was founded eight years ago, Rinehart has worked closely to help develop and expand the programs offered, especially in the area of employee training.

"After 25 years with R.R. Donnelly in human resources, training and employee development, moving into the community education program seems very natural," said Rinehart, who also chairs the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. "A common thread running through so much of what I have done in the private sector has been education, teaching and developing others."

Rinehart replaces Kathy Belcher, who retired last month after starting up the multi-faceted Community Education program in 1997. The office, located on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus, runs a host of programs, from employee training classes to after-school programs for students to enrichment classes such as photography and ballroom dancing.


Rinehart, 55, grew up in the Cincinnati area but "fell in love with central Kentucky" when he came to the University of Kentucky in 1967. He graduated in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.

After working for Donnelly in Glasgow for five years, Rinehart was part of the start-up team the company sent to Danville to open its plant here in 1984. After working for the company for a quarter century, Rinehart decided to leave Donnelly as part of a voluntary workforce reduction program and other changes that began after a corporate merger in February.

"I felt like it was time to do something different," he said.

School superintendents Bob Rowland of Danville and Pam Rogers of Boyle County cited Rinehart's active involvement in community affairs in making him an ideal candidate for the job.

"He always has been a key resource for many in the community, and we know he will be able to continue and grow collaborations to serve adults and young people," Rogers said.

Rowland added, "He is an excellent choice to lead this essential and popular program. He knows and understands the way in which training and educational programs can benefit the people of Danville and Boyle County."

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