Robert Carter 12 5HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/5/17) — Robert R. Carter III has been named Hopkins County Schools’ director of engagement, equity and school support.

“I am honored, blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to serve with the citizens of Hopkins County, with the specific focus on our families and children,” said Carter, who retired from Madisonville Police Department earlier this year. “I’ve always believed that our children are our most valuable treasure.”

Superintendent Deanna Ashby said Carter will “be great for the kids, faculty, staff and community of Hopkins County.”

“He has a servant’s heart,” Ashby said. “I have worked directly with him through the DARE program at MPD since I was principal at Hanson Elementary. His knowledge in school safety, culture and climate have not only been hugely beneficial for our kids, but also for the entire state. He has represented Hopkins County well as a state and national presenter for multiple organizations, including Kentucky Association of School Administrators and Kentucky Center for Safe Schools.”

Carter’s responsibilities will include community outreach, cultural awareness, diversity, crisis response, and gap student monitoring.

“Having worked directly with human resources and diversity through the Madisonville Police Department, he has extensive experience in that area,” Ashby said. “He’s also worked extensively with school resource officers and administrators through Safe Schools training and professional learning.”

Carter worked in law enforcement for 19 years, retiring in August with the rank of Major. His responsibilities included serving as public information officer, leading recruitment/retention of staff, overseeing budgets, leading table top and field exercises, and working with the schools through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in workforce leadership from University of Louisville, and a master’s degree in administrative leadership from Oklahoma University.

Carter has extensive community service involvement, including serving as co-chairman for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, board member for Madisonville Rotary, Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, and Ruth’s Refuge; volunteer for Patrick Rudd Project (9/11 Heroes Run), member of Crisis Intervention Team KY, National Alliance of Mental Illness, and the Kentucky Colonels Association. He is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 11 and coordinator of Madisonville Citizens Police Unit.

“I just really want to thank the community for helping shape and mold me, and forcing me to grow,” Carter said. “It is a partnership on which no value can be placed.”

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