Final candidate for McCracken County superintendent gets rave recommendations

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The McCracken County Board of Education is down to one candidate for superintendent. Steve Carter will likely be the next superintendent of McCracken County Schools.

He’s currently a deputy superintendent at Union County School District in Kentucky.

“I do think that Mr. Carter will be the next superintendent of McCracken County Schools,” McCracken County Board of Education Chairman Chris Taylor said.

Taylor said he thinks the board will vote Carter in as the new superintendent on Thursday.

“I would be lying if I wasn’t hesitant, but I want the best for McCracken County,” Taylor said.

Chair of the board Chris Taylor

Carter wants to wait until it’s official to speak on camera, but he sent me his complete application for the position. We have published the question and answer portion online, so you can read it, too.

Carter doesn’t address the problems at the district in the questionnaire, but he did write “I must make sure the right decisions happen — no matter how difficult or painful…independent of consensus or popularity.”

Carter also wrote about how the superintendent and school board should work together on how to best use the district’s money. He wrote, in part: “Communication between all parties about budget dollars and effective use of those dollars is essential.”

You may remember, there were several issues discovered with misuse of money by the former superintendent, Brian Harper.

“I fully believe he will be able to handle the problems at hand. We need a leader,” Taylor said.

Carter’s current supervisor, Union County superintendent Patricia Sheffer, wrote a letter of recommendation that said in part: “Mr. Carter’s honesty and integrity, even in the most adverse situations, always focuses on what is best for the students.”

Casey Allen on Steve Carter

Ballard County superintendent Casey Allen has a long history with Carter and said he’s a great educator. “I think that Steve Carter is absolutely capable of leading McCracken County, and I do think he is a good fit.”

With rave recommendations, there could be a new superintendent in town Thursday.

Crittenden County Schools Superintendent Vince Clark also recommended him, saying he’s a strong communicator and will hold staff accountable. That letter of recommendation was also included in Carter’s application.

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