McCracken County Schools leaders look to bring stability to district

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — From sexual abuse investigations to the sudden resignation of former superintendent Brian Harper, leadership at McCracken County Schools has been described by some as in crisis.

“I think that our conflict and controversy and scandal that we’ve had recently have negatively impacted our region,” says School Board Vice Chair Melanie Burkeen.

Burkeen says the board must gain peoples trust back to move forward.

“We need the confidence of our community behind us, and until we change that, we are not going to be able to move forward in the right manner,” says Burkeen.

Interim superintendent Heath Cartwright says the district has had problems lately. “I saw some confidence of our community behind us, and until we change that, we are not going to be able to move forward in the right manner,” he says.

Cartwright says his job right now is to bring stability to the district, even for the people who don’t have kids in the school system.

“For the community, be it tax payers or the grandparents, aunts and uncles, we know that resources are limited and we are going to do everything we can to always try to do right with the students,” says Cartwright.

School board chair Steve Shelby says he’s committed to looking at policy changes to prevent things like recent events from happening again.

“We are going to make adjustments. Will we get it right? It’s impossible, because it always changes. You have to do the best you can make corrections when necessary,” says Shelby.

Local 6 obtained several documents about former Harper’s school district vehicle while he was superintendent and how he used it to take a trip to Florida. We’ll bring you full reports on those documents Tuesday.

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