McCracken Co. Board of Education names interim superintendent

New public school interim superintendent

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - The McCracken County Board of Education met on Monday, March 11 to name an interim superintendent.

They named Heath Cartwright as the interim superintendent.

Click here for a letter to the students from Cartwright.

He has served as assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and director of technology since 2010. From 2006 to 2010 he was the technology director of professional development.

He was also principal at Heath Elementary School from 2002 to 2006, and the principal at Ledbetter Elementary from 2001 to 2002. He also served as a teacher at Paducah Tilghman High School and Adair County High School.

Cartwright earned his administrative certifications from Murray State University; a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Western Kentucky University and his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Campbellsville College.

On Friday, March 8, the Board of Education accepted the resignation Superintendent Brian Harper, effective on March 9. The board went into executive session and no action was taken. An acting superintendent was not named at that time. He or she will serve until a new superintendent can be appointed.

"As a parent of two McCracken County High School students and as a McCracken County Public Schools board member, I have been disturbed by recent events. I am in an elected position, I have been trusted to represent my community with knowledge and reason. I don’t take that very lightly. I am not afraid to do what is right for this District or to make tough decisions. I realize we are in need of rebuilding the trust of parents, staff and community members. I ask that you try to see the positive changes from this and look at these difficult situations as an opportunity for change and growth.
Melanie Burkeen, vice chair of the McCracken Co. Board of Education

The new superintendent would start on July 1, 2019.

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