On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Rockcastle County School Board selected Mrs. Carrie Ballinger to be the next Superintendent of Rockcastle County Schools, effective July 1, 2020. Completing a process that lasted over several months and was facilitated by the Kentucky School Boards Association, the board unanimously voted to select Mrs. Ballinger.
Mrs. Ballinger is currently the district’s Director of Student Services and comes to this new role with over 14 years of teaching and administrative experience. She began her teaching career in Madison County, as a 4th and then a 1st grade teacher. She served as the Response to Intervention Coordinator at Kingston Elementary School, in Berea, before becoming the Elementary Director for Model Laboratory School. Before she was hired as Rockcastle County’s Director of Student Services, Mrs. Ballinger served as the Principal for Kingston Elementary School. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has held numerous state leadership roles, in addition to serving as a Board Member for Rockcastle County Schools from 2013-2019. Her community leadership experiences also include the Rockcastle County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Rockcastle County Census Planning Committee, the Kentucky Christian Assembly Board of Directors, and the FFA Alumni Association.
Mrs. Ballinger and her husband, James, live in the Three Links area of Rockcastle County and own and operate Ballinger Farms, working to breed and show registered Hereford Cattle and produce sorghum molasses. She and James have four children, James Clay, Caleb and Cole-all graduates of Rockcastle County High School- and Emma, a freshman at RCHS. Mrs. Ballinger’s hobbies include running, cooking, horseback riding, reading and hiking. Of her new position, Mrs. Ballinger stated, “I am humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to serve the students, families and staff of Rockcastle County Schools. I look forward to continuing our district’s current academic success, while leading us to even greater levels of academic achievement. I am 100% devoted to working for the community that I love to provide all students in Rockcastle County an education that will inspire and prepare them to be lifelong learners and citizens of our community, state and world.”