McCracken County High School interim principal promises a leadership of transparency

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — It’s day three for new leadership at McCracken County High School. Matthew Houser, interim principal, told us his focus is on being open with parents, students and local media.

Matthew Houser

“I love this school. I love the people in it. We have so many great things going on. I’m happy to talk to you about any of those things,” Houser said. “Personally, I have nothing to hide. We as a school, we are willing to share. We just can’t talk about personnel matters or investigations.”

In the weeks leading up to his appointment, our newsroom had problems getting leaders in the McCracken County school system to speak with us and return calls in a timely manner.

One parent says the renewed sense of transparency would be a nice change from how things have been done recently. For example, the first place she heard about the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department was from her daughter, the internet and watching the news.

She says she should have gotten communication from the school first.

“I had trust in them up until this point. I mean, I’ve entrusted my kids here,” parent Mandy Payne said. “Not getting any heads up or an email to let me know what was going on in the school, I have absolutely no faith or trust in them anymore.”

Houser says he wants to move forward and continue to focus on the growth of students. “The house principals are going to stay in place, and we are going to move forward and have school as usual,” he said. “The students deserve it. The staff deserves it. Our community deserves it.”

Many parents didn’t want to speak on camera, and said they thought the school district handled the situation as best as they could and didn’t agree with how we demanded answers for you from your elected officials.