By Eugenia Jones
The McCreary County Board of Education met in regular session (December 13, 2022) and accepted Superintendent Corey Keith’s letter of resignation effective June 30, 2022 and declared a vacancy in the Office of the Superintendent pending Keith’s retirement.
“I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to come full circle in my career,” Keith said in reading his letter of resignation to the Board. “I am a proud graduate of McCreary Central High School, Class of 1989. In August 1995, I was afforded the opportunity to teach at Whitley City Middle School. I taught middle school math for eleven years before leaving the county to accept an administrative position in another district. Then, thirteen years later, I was blessed to return to McCreary County Schools as its Superintendent. I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve the students, families, staff, and community of McCreary County. I appreciate the faith that the Board of Education placed in me.”
Following the reading of Keith’s letter of resignation, Board members authorized Board Chairperson Braxton King to begin the lengthy process of selecting a new superintendent by contacting the Kentucky School Board Association (KSBA) to get a proposed contract for a superintendent search.
Additionally, the Board heard a presentation of the 2020-2021 financial audit. Auditors cited no findings at the District level and noted only minor findings at the school level. Keith said the District has already begun addressing minor findings at the school level.
Additional business conducted during the meeting included the following:
• Created two positions for the GEAR-UP Program.
• Approved Branscum Construction Manager Contract for the McCreary County Middle School Renovation Project.
• Approved Boys Scouts Charter Agreement for 2021-2022 School Year.
• Approved purchase of playground equipment for Pine Knot Elementary School and Whitley City Elementary School. Authorized the Board Attorney to inquire about the proper procedure for donating playground equipment declared as surplus to the McCreary County Fiscal Court.
• Approved first reading of revised Personal Leave Policies.
Prior to conducting business during the meeting, McCreary Central High School Battalion Commander Cadet Lt. Col. John Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Board of Education is scheduled on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the Board’s Central Office.