McCracken County School Board accepts Superintendent Brian Harper’s resignation

UPDATE: No decision has been made on who will serve as acting superintendent of McCracken County Schools following Brian Harper’s resignation Friday.

The board briefly went into executive session after accepting Harper’s resignation during an emergency meeting Friday afternoon.

When the board returned from executive session, they revealed they discussed someone for the job, but no decision has been made yet. That person’s name was not made public.

Harper’s resignation follows investigations into multiple people connected to the school. To see our previous coverage of those investigations, click here.

After the meeting School Board Vice Chairwoman Melanie Burkeen spoke with Local 6’s Shamarria Morrison. She said the board has to rebuild the trust of parents, staff and the community.

Burkeen passed along a letter containing her statement to the community. You can read it in the photo below.

School Board Vice Chairwoman Melanie Burkeen gave Local 6 this statement for the community. Click to enlarge.


UPDATE: The McCracken County Board of Education has voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Brian Harper.

The board held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon after Harper submitted his resignation.

In a roll-call vote, the board unanimously voted to accept his resignation.

In two voice votes, the board voted to declare a vacancy for the superintendent position and to to contact the Kentucky School Boards Association to help find his replacement.

The board is now in executive session to discuss appointing an interim superintendent in the meantime.

Local 6 is at the meeting. If you missed our live coverage of the votes, watch the video below.


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The McCracken County Board of Education is holding an emergency meeting at 4 p.m. Friday.

The board is expected to discuss the resignation of District Superintendent Brian Harper, according to an agenda the board released earlier Friday afternoon. Local 6 will bring you the public portions of the meeting live within this story.

The agenda says the board will discus whether to accept Harper’s resignation effective Saturday, whether to declare a vacancy in the position, and whether to contact the Kentucky School Boards Association to help find his replacement starting July 1.

According to the agenda, the board will also meet in executive session to talk about who to appoint as acting superintendent in the meantime. The document says the board will return to regular session to vote on the appointment of an acting superintendent.

To read the full agenda, visit this story: McCracken County School Board to discuss superintendent’s request to resign.

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