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Ronnie Dotson, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Carter County Schools
2011-2021
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Meet Dr. Dotson

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Dr. Ronnie Dotson served as Superintendent of Schools in Carter County, Kentucky from 2011 to 2021. During his tenure, Carter County improved from being one of the lowest achieving districts in the state to consistently ranking among the highest performing. In facilitating one of the most successful turnarounds in the history of Kentucky, Dotson credited a dedicated school board, a talented team of professionals, and a community passionate about its children.  Dr. Dotson retired from Carter County in 2022 and moved to Hilton Head Island, SC where he continues working with education programs.

"While the measures of success may look different, our commitment to excellence must remain unchanged."

Ronnie Dotson, Hilton Head SC, Carter County 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, our commitment to excellence is unchanged. We realize that a good education can make a world of difference."

Ronnie Dotson, Ed.D.

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In The News

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2018/2019 new Kentucky accountability star rating system

Previous Kentucky accountability rating system

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The Standard of Excellence

The Standard of Excellence

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2018 Highest Graduation Rate in Kentucky 

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Teacher Perception Survey

  • 95% of teachers believe they are held to high professional standards for delivering instruction.

  • 90% of teachers believe there is a shared vision between teachers and leadership.

  • 91% of teachers believe that Carter County Schools are a good place to work.

Ronnie Dotson, Hilton Head SC, Carter County KY
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