MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The McCracken County school district has named an interim principal to replace previous interim Ginger Stewart, who stepped down from that role last week.

Assistant Principal Matthew Houser was named interim principal Wednesday afternoon in an announcement from McCracken County Schools.

Houser has been an assistant principal at the high school since it opened in 2013. He is in charge of house 3. In 2012, he was named principal of Lone Oak High School before the county’s high schools combined. Before that, he was a teacher at Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary School from 2006 to 2011 and an assistant principal at Lone Oak High in 2011.

The need for an interim principal McCracken County High School arose when the school’s principal, Michael Ceglinski, was suspended last month.

Ceglinski was charged with misconduct and failure to report abuse of a student. The misconduct charge was dropped on March 1, but the failure to report charge remains. Ceglinski has been on paid leave since Feb. 20. The investigation into Ceglinski is one of multiple investigations in which staff and one student from the high school were charged. For our previous coverage of those investigations, click here.

Stewart was serving as interim principal since Feb. 20, but last week she announced her decision to return to her job as the school system’s director of district wide programs.


In a news release about Houser’s appointment, McCracken County Schools interim superintendent Heath Cartwright says “I have the utmost confidence in Mr. Houser and his ability to bring a sense of healing to McCracken County High School. I know that he has great pride in MCHS and a true respect for the staff and students. He will do a great job of understanding and appreciating the roots that have grown since the inception of MCHS, and will do nothing but strengthen the growth of what is undoubtedly the best place for any high school staff or student to be.” Cartwright

also sent out a letter to parents in the district.

Cartwright was named interim superintendent on Monday, after the McCracken County Board of Education accepted the resignation of Brian Harper last week.