Superintendent's Message

Rick Ross

Message from the Superintendent:

I’m more excited than ever to serve as Superintendent of the Mason County School District. A team of students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, and community stakeholders worked diligently to create a three-year strategic plan for our district. We feel this plan addresses the next generation learning needs of our students. All of our students will engage in project-based learning and hone their presentation skills throughout their time in our district.  Leadership qualities will be emphasized, allowing students to problem solve, demonstrate responsibility, work in teams, and learn to be held accountable.  Mason County Schools is proud to be a Leader in Me School District K-8. The program provides leadership opportunities for students and staff.  The Leader in Me program is based on Steven R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Mason County is the first K-12 Project Lead the Way district in the state of Kentucky. Project Lead the Way emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Carmeuse Complex has been transformed into a state-of-the art facility to serve engineering, computer science, biomedical, and agriculture students. A new barn was constructed which will allow our students to carry on the rich agriculture heritage of our region while preparing for 21st century job opportunities in agriculture. Meanwhile, opportunities for high school students expanded to also include a choice to a focus on the arts, business, education, career tech education, and expanded early college opportunities through partnerships with MCTC and Morehead State University.

Our Ron Clark Classrooms will continue to expand, providing high energy, high engagement instruction to our students in every building. Additionally we will strive to strengthen community partnerships to capitalize on the pride and investment our alumni and private citizens have in our schools.  Finally, we will continue to emphasize the safety of our schools and improve two-way communication between the district and students, parents, and others who care about our continued success.

I’m proud to be a part of such an exciting time in Mason County!



Rick L. Ross



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