Board of Education

Board of Education

Superintendent Search

Mercer County Superintendent Search Begins
At a special called meeting of the Mercer County Board of Education, March 16, the board approved the working timeline for choosing the next superintendent.  This timeline includes establishing the screening committee, potential dates for interviews, and a flexible target to complete the process and name the new district leader by the middle of May. 

The screening committee, consisting of one board member, two teachers, one classified employee, one principal, and one parent, will review and vet applicants before recommending candidates to the board.  The screening work will begin in late March and run through the end of April. 

Kathy Fields, a search consultant from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, has been hired to oversee the process.  “Mercer County Schools is an outstanding school district with a rich heritage of excellence in education. One that will undoubtedly attract quality candidates for the screening committee to consider.  I am confident that the next superintendent of Mercer County Schools will carry on the outstanding leadership present in the district for many years.”

"Great Kids Achieving Great Things"

530 Perryville Street
 Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Applications due:  April 15, 2021 by 12 p.m. EST

Mercer County Schools:  P-12 with a student enrollment of 3,000

Contract begins July 1, 2021

District website:

The Mercer County, Kentucky, Board of Education is seeking a highly skilled leader to become the district’s next superintendent.  He/she must be student centered, have expertise with effective teaching, learning and assessment practices, and must demonstrate an understanding of all facets of the superintendent’s role, including school finance, personnel law, healthy and safe school environments, and the ability to effectively delegate authority.  In addition, this individual must demonstrate excellent communication skills and ability to bring people together to serve the children and families of Mercer County.

Mercer County Schools, located in Central Kentucky, serves 3,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.  The district is comprised of five schools:  Mercer Elementary, Mercer Intermediate, King Middle School, Mercer Senior High, Mercer Central, and Mercer Day Treatment.  

Mercer County is a beautiful community surrounded by the historic settlements of Old Fort Harrod State Park, and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill as well as Herrington Lake, a 2,335-acre waterway which provides a variety of recreational opportunities. It is a National Historic Landmark District, consisting of more than 30 historic buildings. 

Mercer County is centrally located near Lexington and Louisville providing many additional entertainment and recreational opportunities. 


The Kentucky Association of School Administrators is leading the search process.  For all questions, please contact Kathy Fields, Search Consultant, 859-338-3123

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the application (Download application here)
  2. Email the application along with a max of two pages expressing your interest and qualifications to Amy Moore at [email protected]
  3. Send a hard copy of your transcript and certification to:

Attn: Mercer County Supt. Search
Attn: Amy Moore
87 C. Michael Davenport Blvd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Superintendent Qualities Survey:

The Mercer County Board of Education is asking for your input as the search for your next superintendent begins.  The link below contains a survey that will help determine the qualities and skills that both the screening committee and the Board will look for in applications for the position.   

Please complete and submit the survey no later than 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2021.  

Thank you for your selfless service in support of the children and families of Mercer County.  

Request Form - MCBOE Board Meeting Agendas

Online Board Meeting Agenda, Packets, and Minutes

The Mercer County Schools Board Meeting Agendas, Packets and Minutes may be viewed here.
Click on the date and time to view the entire packet. Click on View/Print Agenda to view the one page agenda only. Click on View Minutes to view the board approved minutes for that meeting. Meeting minutes will be uploaded after they have been approved at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

Board of Education

The Mercer County Board of Education meets on third Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 5:30pm and are held in the meeting room at Central Office, 530 Perryville Street, unless noted otherwise. As part of their monthly meetings, the Board of Education recognizes students and staff for outstanding accomplishments, as well as businesses and community leaders for their contributions and support of the students in the school district.
General Powers and Duties of the Board
The Board has general control and management of the public schools in its district. The Board may establish schools and provide for courses and other services it deems necessary for the promotion of education and the general health and welfare of pupils, consistent with the administrative regulations of the Kentucky Board of Education.
The Board may authorize the Superintendent to request, on behalf of the District, a waiver of state regulations and/or reporting requirements established by a Kentucky Revised Statute requiring paperwork to be submitted to the Kentucky Board of Education or the Department of Education as permitted by statute.
When approved as a district of innovation by the Kentucky Board of Education, the District may be granted waivers and exemptions from selected Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Kentucky Revised Statutes, and, for a school of innovation, certain Board policies. A school may decide whether it voluntarily chooses to be designated as a school of innovation and, thus, be included in the District's application and plan. However, the Board may require a school identified as persistently low-achieving under KRS 160.346 to participate in the District's plan of innovation.
The Board has control and management of all school funds and public school property and may use its funds and property to promote public education.
The Board shall exercise generally all powers prescribed by law in the administration of the public school system, appoint the Superintendent of schools, create and abolish positions, establish job classifications, and fix the compensation of employees.
The Board may set goals for the District and shall make and adopt and may amend or repeal policies for its meetings and proceedings for the management of the schools and school property of the district, for the transaction of its business, and for the qualifications and duties of employees and the conduct of pupils.
The Board may, in any investigation or proceeding before it, concerning a matter that may be a proper subject of inquiry by it, summon witnesses by subpoena, enforce their attendance, and require that they testify under properly administered oath.
The Board may set aside funds to provide for liability and indemnity insurance against the negligence of the drivers or operators of school buses, other motor vehicles, and mobile equipment owned or operated by the Board. The Board may expend funds necessary for liability insurance premiums and for the defense of any civil action brought against an individual Board member in an official or individual capacity, or both, on account of an act made in the scope and course of the performance of legal duties as a Board member. The Board shall make available liability insurance coverage for the protection of all members of school councils from liability arising in the course of pursuing their duties as members of the councils. 
Trevor Short, District 1
Larry Yeager, District 2
Billy Montgomery, District 3
Cliff Prewitt, District 4
Randy Phillips, District 5, Chairman



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