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New McCracken superintendent to keep home in Lyon County

BY KATHLEEN FOXnews@paducahsun.com

Quin Sutton plans to keep his residence in Lyon County after he takes over next month as superintendent in McCracken County.

He was chosen March 27 following a four-month search by a screening committee and the McCracken County Board of Education. Sutton attended Lyon County High School and taught, worked in administration and athletics in the Lyon district for nine years before being named its superintendent in 2008. He also worked in the district office of the Caldwell County school system from 2005 to 2008.

Sutton said Tuesday that he intends to remain in Lyon County "for the moment" but could move into McCracken County in the future. He said the decision is based on family considerations. His wife, Amye Sutton, works in Lyon County as an instructor for students with severe and profound special needs.

Because of rules relating to the employment of the partner of a superintendent, Amye Sutton couldn't be hired in McCracken County. Sutton also mentioned not wanting to uproot his daughter, who is in middle school.

"I told the board during the interview and want to assure the community that I will be active in events, ballgames, extracurricular activities and civic organizations in McCracken," he said. "The only difference is where I sleep at night."

Sutton said his immediate goal is expressing his vision of a team-centered approach to leadership to the students, staff members and the community. He said the larger size of McCracken County poses a challenge, but the same vision and philosophy are applicable, just on a larger level.

"I'm just excited to be a part of the district beginning July 1 and continue to more forward with what is a distinguished district and one of the best in Kentucky," he said.

His four-year agreement is nearly identical to the one of current Superintendent Nancy Waldrop, who plans to retire at the end of June, with a $145,000 per year salary. Neither document includes residence within the county as a requirement or part of the superintendent's job description.

Sutton's current four-year contract with Lyon County Schools, which was to run until June 30, 2016, at an annual salary of $105,000, includes the use of a district-owned vehicle. It states, "He may use a district-owned vehicle to commute to and from his home in Lyon County."

Sutton's contract with McCracken County also includes an auto for use in performing his job duties. Sutton will be given the vehicle currently driven by Waldrop.

The district pays for gasoline, liability insurance, maintenance and service on the vehicle, according to Sutton's contract. The agreement doesn't place a limit on the amount of gas that can be purchased.

School board attorney Gorman Bradley said Sutton will be able to drive the vehicle to and from his residence in Lyon County. 

The board was notified during the interview process that Sutton planned to stay in Lyon County, according to Chairman Jeff Parker. He pointed out that Waldrop has lived in the Paducah Independent School District during her tenure.

"Quin is the guy the board wanted, and we believe he will do great things for the district," Parker said.

The agenda for the upcoming board meeting has an item regarding an addendum to Sutton's contract. Bradley said that will increase the amount of professional and civic membership dues paid by the board.

Waldrop's contract had a similar amendment to her contract passed in November 2010. The staff notes state that the $1,500 allotment didn't meet the need for beneficial memberships in civic and educational organizations.

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