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Phone: 270-538-4000
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Get to know Superintendent, Brian Harper.


Brian Harper never strayed far from his roots. A 1989 graduate of Reidland High School, he attended Murray State University, then began his career teaching at his home town high school.

From there he taught and coached at Lone Oak High School before accepting his first principal position at Calloway County Middle. Brian then returned to McCracken as principal of Hendron Lone Oak Elementary and then LOHS. Following this, he served as principal of South Marshall Middle before his most recent position as Secondary Supervisor of Marshall County Schools.

On July 1st, Brian officially returned to his old stomping grounds when he began as McCracken County Schools Superintendent, “It really is a dream come true to lead the district where I graduated,” Brian says.

He acknowledges a lot has changed since his days as a Reidland Greyhound Senior, “I’d say the biggest difference since I was in school would have to be the integration of technology into the classroom,” Brian says. “Technology has really changed the face of the way we do things in education,” he adds, “technology devices and the resources they provide have really increased the opportunities that we can provide students.”

Asked what he considers the biggest challenge he faces in his new position, Brian is quick to point out what the district is getting right, “The good news is that we are really strong with college readiness,” he says. “I think our biggest opportunity lies in offering more hands-on training in career fields, especially if we can build a skill center that would connect with the work demands of the community.” He explains, “Not all kids have a desire for college and, what’s more, I know important vocational workers like carpenters, electricians and plumbers are aging out of the workforce, and young people aren’t necessarily always there trained and ready to take their place.”

Brian acknowledges the importance of college readiness but adds, “I think it’s safe to say every student needs post-secondary education, and sometimes that means college and other times it’s training to go directly into the workforce.” He adds, “I think one of our most important jobs as educators is to really help kids connect with the kind of work they feel passionate about.”

It’s clear that education is what the Harper family is passionate about. Brian’s wife, Deanna, works in the finance department at the Paducah Independent School system and his daughter, Mackenzie, is following in her parents’ footsteps as a sophomore at Murray State University majoring in Elementary Education. It’s too soon to tell what career path son, Weston, might choose, but it’s safe to say he has already made a break with tradition by becoming a University of Louisville basketball fan in mostly direct opposition to Brian’s membership in the Big Blue Nation. “He started out life as a UK fan,” Brian laughs, “and then we went to a Sweet Sixteen game where he began rooting for Elisha Justice, University of Louisville signee, and he’s been a Cardinal fan ever since.” Fortunately, however, most all the Harpers can agree on those other Cardinals, “…even if St. Louis isn’t playing as well as expected this year,” he ruefully acknowledges.

Thanks to the flexibility of his former colleagues in Marshall County, Brian was able to start transitioning to McCracken County in early June, and he credits now retired former Superintendent, Quin Sutton, with making the baton pass near seamless, “Over the past three years Mr. Sutton has really united the school district.” Brian adds, “I feel fortunate to follow in his footsteps.”

While the job of superintendent might seem a complicated challenge to some, Brian’s philosophy is simple, “First and foremost, do what’s right for the kids,” he says. “If you can manage that, everything else will fall into place.”
 
 
McCracken County Schools
District Office
5347 Benton Rd. Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: 270-538-4000
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Students, their families, employees, and potential employees of McCracken County Schools are hereby notified that the McCracken County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment, vocational programs, or activities set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. Any persons having inquiries concerning McCracken County Schools™ compliance with Title II, Title VI, Title IX and/or Section 504 may contact: Director of Special Education and/or Director of Personnel and/or Director of Pupil Personnel, 5347 Benton Road, Paducah, KY 42003, (270) 538-4000. The McCracken County School System offers the following career and technical programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12: Agriculture, Business and Office Technology, Technology and Pre-Engineering. Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact: Mr. Michael Ceglinski, Principal of McCracken County High School, 6530 New Highway 60 West, Paducah, KY 42001, 270-538-4300, Michael.ceglinski@mccracken.kyschools.us. To obtain this information in a language other than English, call 270-538-4000.
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5347 Benton Road
Paducah, KY 42003
(270) 538-4000
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Paducah, KY, 42003
(270) 538-4000
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5347 Benton Road
Paducah, KY 42003
phone:  270-538-4000
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