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Board of Education Meeting Highlights May 2019


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Carter named new MCPS Superintendent

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, board members selected Steven Carter as the district’s next leader effective July 1. Carter, current deputy superintendent of Union County Schools, succeeds Interim Superintendent Heath Cartwright who will retire June 30. 

Carter started as a social studies teacher in Crittenden County in 1996 after earning his Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Western Kentucky University. He’s worked in administration since 2002 after earning his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Murray State University. 

He served as a school-level administrator in Crittenden from 2002 to 2005, and then at the district-level in Union County from 2005 to the present. As director of pupil personnel and then as deputy superintendent in Union County, Carter led myriad departments including human resources, transportation, building and grounds, security, gifted and talented, Title I and II programs, assessment and curriculum, career and technical education, and more.

Carter was chosen from a highly qualified field following a rigorous selection process that included screening by a selection committee and an interview with board members. He came at the unanimous recommendation of the superintendent search committee.

Cartwright was appointed interim superintendent March 11 following former superintendent Brian Harper’s resignation March 8. Cartwright will retire next month after 27 years of service in KY public education, including 17 with MCPS.


25+ retirees honored for their years of service

MCPS will say farewell to another group of outstanding educators and administrators this year as they retire and move on to their next adventures. Board members and district staff and administrators gathered at the board office Thursday night before the regularly called meeting to celebrate the retirees’ years of service over cake and punch, and all of the retirees whose retirements were official as of the end of April were honored during staff recognitions.


HLOES, LOES and RES receive continued Read to Achieve funding from KDE

Provided through the Kentucky Department of Education, the Read to Achieve (RTA) grant program provides schools with funds for teacher training and implementation of reading intervention services that address the needs of struggling readers in elementary schools. This spring the RTA teams at Hendron Lone Oak, Lone Oak and Reidland elementary schools submitted program reviews to KDE in order to receive continued grant funding for the 2019-20 school year, and all three were approved at $47,200 each. 


Board members approve submission of a grant application to the federal STOP School Violence Prevention Program

Thursday night board members approved a request for the district to apply for roughly $250,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. If awarded, funding would be used for districtwide safety improvements including updated radios for school resource officers (SRO’s), secure keycard entry systems for all school buildings, a text-in Tip Line and accompanying software, and training for two part time SRO’s who would also serve as part time Criminal Justice teachers at the high school. 


Three McCracken teachers honored at MSU College of Education Alumni Awards

Board members recognized three McCracken teachers Thursday night for being among those honored at the Murray State University College of Education’s 35thAnnual Alumni Awards April 30. Following a public nomination process, a committee met and selected seven educators to receive the college’s alumni awards, including from McCracken:

  • Kim Nantz of Hendron Lone Oak Elementary — Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher
  • Stephanie Laird of Heath Elementary — Outstanding Elementary School Teacher
  • Lori Hyde of Lone Oak Middle School — Outstanding Middle School Teacher


Board recognizes McCracken students for academic honors and accomplishments

The board room was packed Thursday night, not only with friends and family of this year’s retirees, but also with friends and family of students recognized Thursday by board members: 

  • 16 MCHS Students accepted to Governor’s Scholars Program:

Katie Caruthers, Natalie Eastes, Lauren Ervin, Chesney Flynn, Hope Hodges, Abigail Kuntz, Lynae Lawrence, Manda Lin, Ella McBee, Olivia Wagner, Noah Ellis, Isaiah Frederich, Ian Leatherman, Jake Mitchell, Garrett Rudolph, and Max Thompson

GSP is designed to help students achieve their academic and personal potential, encourage leadership skills, and develop their creativity and critical thinking skills. Scholars will convene this year at Bellarmine University, Centre College and Morehead State University. 

  • Seven MCHS Students accepted to Governor’s School for the Arts:

Elijah Garrett (Vocal Music and alternate in Musical Theatre), Hope Hodges (Drama), Bailey Joyce (Visual Art), Shelby Stephens (Vocal Music), Hailey Watson (Musical Theatre), Jonathan Strachan (Musical Theatre and Vocal Music- Tenor), and Virginia Walsh (Visual Art)

GSA provides hands-on arts opportunities for promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine arts disciplines: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theater, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music. The three-week program will be held at the University of Kentucky.

  • Two MCHS Students accepted to Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

Kayla Murphy and Ethan Johnson

GSE brings high school students together from across the state, immersing them in a creative space during a residential program and arming them with the educational tools needed to unleash entrepreneurial spirits. 

  • Four MCHS Students accepted to MSU’s Commonwealth Honors Academy

Max Thompson, Addison Mills, Lauren Ervin, and Maggie Harned

CHA is a three-week-long program for academic, personal, and social development and is open to outstanding high school students during the summer after their junior year. 

  • Two MCHS Students accepted to The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science

Josiah Baumer and Evelyn Dukes

The Gatton Academy is KY’s first state-supported, two-year residential program for high school students with interests in advanced science and math careers and is one of only 15 such programs in the nation. 

  • MCHS Student accepted to Morehead State University’s Craft Academy

Mason Hancock

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics meets the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors with a college-level curriculum that allows students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework.

  • McCracken students win big at Annual K-12 STLP State Championships

From McCracken County High School, Faculty Advisor Kristy Griffith:

1st Place Cinemania — MCHS Media Team (Luke Resser, Sam Vasseur, Seth Hawkins, Myles Gaia, Caedmon Vose, Matthew Barber, Cullen Bridges)

1st Place Feature Video — Luke Resser

1st Place PSA — Luke Resser, Sam Vasseur, Seth Hawkins, Caedmon Rose

1st Place Book Trailer — Luke Resser, Sam Vasseur, Seth Hawkins

1st Place Visual Storytelling — Casper Douglas

From Concord Elementary School, Faculty Advisor Lisa Jones:

Top 11 Team statewide, K-12; 2nd Place Runners Up in K-5 Division (5th grader Jack Thompson, 4th grader Caroline Crouse, 5th grader Maddox O’Neal, 5th grader Allison Ricketts)

From Heath Elementary School, Faculty Advisor Theresa Wilkins:

2nd Place Podcasting — CES Podcasting Team (4th graders Reagan Sunderland, Maggie Stephens, Trinity Bridges, Emily Boone)

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