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Ronnie Dotson, Ed.D.

Transforming Education | Empowering Students

Meet Dr. Dotson

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Dr. Ronnie Dotson, a lifelong educator,  served as Superintendent of Schools in Carter County, Kentucky from 2011 to 2022. 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 left Carter County in 2022 for Hilton Head Island, SC where he continues to be an advocate for advancing education.

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

Ronnie Dotson, Hilton Head SC, Carter County KY

Goal Setting to Increase Student Academic Performance

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"Advancing student achievement has been at the forefront of my career. As an advocate for all learners, I take personally the responsibility granted to me to ensure that future generations are prepared to excel academically in order to lead productive and meaningful lives. I believe these core foundations are incomparably shaped through the endeavors of public education. As such, the success of public education as an institution is essential to the future of our society and must be held to a standard of excellence."

In The News


2018-2022 new Kentucky accountability star rating system

Previous Kentucky accountability rating system

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Highest Graduation Rate in Kentucky 

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2019 Carter County

Teacher Perception Results

  • 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 School System is a good place to work.

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Ronnie Dotson, Hilton Head SC, Carter County KY
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