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Ignite Institute Names New Executive Director

A new executive director is named at the Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center.

David Fleischer will take over the new science, technology, education, arts, and math innovative high school and education center that is designed to focus on industry-case methodology.

Fleischer comes to the position with a management background at Toyota North America where he worked for twenty-nine years before retiring. He is credited as being instrumental int he donation of the former Toyota Quality and Production Engineering Lab to Boone County Schools to create Ignite.

In his new role, Fleischer will act as the liaison between education partners, business partners and parents to ensure curriculum development and student skills meet and exceed Northern Kentucky workforce development requirements, a news releaswe said. He will also ensure fiscal responsibility, oversees fundraising efforts, compliance with internal procedures, and internal/external communications.

“My passion has always been to bring together two groups that have historically had the same goal but have not always had great success at collaborating; education and business," Fleischer said in a news release. "Bringing the two together in this progressive way will transform the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati workforce for maximum growth and future stability.”

Fleischer served as the executive chair of the Workforce Investment Board in Northern Kentucky and continues to serve on the board. He currently serves on the Brighton Center’s board of directors. He has been involved with both the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Chambers of Commerce and he is an alumnus of Leadership Kentucky 2016.

“Given Dave’s lengthy experience at Toyota and with the regional business partnerships he has formed, we believe Dave brings a unique perspective on the regions needs for collaboration between education and the workforce,” said Boone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe.”

Fleischer will report to Poe. Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, Ignite plans to accommodate up to 1,000 students in grades 9-12. Boone County Schools will own and operate the school.

-Staff report