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Carter County Schools, KY

Carter County has established a reputation for excellence throughout the state. Over the past several years, hundreds of educators have come to our district to learn what they could do to provide better opportunities for students across the Commonwealth. Most of these visitors affirmed what we know to be true; our teachers and support staff are the best! The dedication and commitment to the success of the students in Carter County is evident in each of our schools.

Many changes are taking place in Kentucky's educational system. While the measures of success look different than in the past, our commitment to excellence is unchanged. We realize that a good education can make a world of difference. The Global Partnership for Education website contains the following quote, "Girls and boys who learn to read, write and count will provide a better future for their families and countries. With improved education, so many other areas are positively affected.  In short, education has the power to make the world a better place." What an awesome privilege and responsibility our employees have to work in a profession that can make such a positive difference.


Education is a partnership between students, parents, schools and community. Working together, we have the opportunity to impact the lives of our children.  According to research, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." There are many opportunities to be involved in our children's education.  We urge you to find ways to participate in fulfilling our district's vision of being "The Standard of Excellence."

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Carter County School's Crest
After soliciting design ideas from students, researching the history of education in Carter County, and
having employees vote on the design and colors, the official district crest was commissioned. As expected, the design contains elements surrounding knowledge, learning and education. 

Gold symbolizes Elevation of the Mind               
Blue symbolizes Truth
Shield with Laurel Wreath symbolizes Achievement 
Tree symbolizes Continuous Growth and Wisdom
Flaming Torch symbolizes the Inspiration, Leadership, and Teaching
Open Book symbolizes Education, Learning, Knowledge, and Imagination  

The history of education in Carter County goes back as far as the county was established in 1838. Up until 1908, there were districts and sub-districts with each having a board of trustees who reported to school commissioners. In 1906, there were 96 white schools and 2 colored schools. The County School District Law, adopted in 1908, completely changed the general plan of operation of schools. Under the new law, there was one superintendent of county schools and a board of trustees representing 8 educational divisions in the county.  

This information was obtained from Daniel Webster Qualls' University of Kentucky Graduate School Thesis, History of Education in Carter County, written in 1931.  D.W. Qualls was born near Olive Hill in 1885 and was Superintendent of the Olive Hill City Schools from 1928-1931. 

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