In a brief special called meeting Monday night, Webster County Board of Education approved a contract to hire deputy superintendent Georgiann McCord as interim superintendent.

The contract term is five months from the July 1 start date, or until the board hires a permanent superintendent. The contract can be extended by the board, if McCord accepts the additional time. The agreement was signed Monday night.

McCord will step into the office the same day as retiring superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough leaves. Yarbrough surprised seemingly everyone in Webster County May 7 when she announced she was stepping down after four years at the helm.

After the vote was taken, board chairman Mickey Dunbar said, “It’s great we have someone in the county who can continue the work that we’ve started. You have some big shoes to fill.”

Dr. Yarbrough agreed with Dunbar’s assessment of McCord’s ability to do the job.

“She is an ideal choice,” she said. “She is a product of Webster County Schools, and a friend of education here.”

Venita Murphy voiced her approval of the choice, saying, “I’m glad to have her.”

“I have as much confidence in her as anyone else,” said Tim McCormick

McCord expressed her excitement about the new role.

“I am thankful for this opportunity,” she said. “Rural western Kentucky children need the best opportunity we can give them.”

McCord was named deputy superintendent four years ago after Dr. Yarbrough assumed the role of superintendent.

In other business, the board approved travel for the high school track and field team to travel to the state meet Thursday and Friday.


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