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School board appoints interim superintendent: Dr. Robert J. Bell will fill role between Dotson’s departure and new hire

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 The Carter County Board of Education met in special session last week and – after an extended executive session – moved to hire Dr. Robert J. Bell as the interim superintendent. Bell will take over when current superintendent Dr. Ronnie Dotson steps down, in September, and will serve in the superintendent’s role until a new superintendent is hired and comes on board. 

In addition to his background in education and administration, Bell has served as an SEC official for basketball. 

Don Martin, from the Kentucky School Board Association, who is leading the search for the new superintendent said he thought Bell would be a good fit for Carter County during their transition period. 

“Dr. Bell has served in many administrative capacities over the years, including high school principal at Henry Clay High in Fayette County,” Martin told the Times. 

“Most recently,” he continued, “he served as interim principal at Eastern High School, in Louisville.”

Bell has also served as interim principal in Woodford County, and as interim superintendent in Nicholas County. 

In addition to his time as an SEC official, Bell was also a former, “state high school championship football coach,” Martin said. 

According to Georgetown College Athletics department, which inducted Bell into their hall of fame in 2017, the 1965 Georgetown graduate earned two state championships with Henry Clay High School during a 25 year career with the Blue Devils. This included an undefeated season. He was also named a Kentucky Coach of the Year during his time there.

His other administrative roles include a stint as Georgetown’s athletic director, a job overseeing the Cincinnati Bengals’ summer training camp, and serving as interim athletic director of Eastern Kentucky University. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com



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