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James “Gary” Cornett, a veteran district and school administrator with the Owsley County Schools, now leads the district as its superintendent.
Cornett, who is in his 19th year of work, brings experience as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and director of pupil personnel to the role of superintendent.
He spent years working in Owsley County Schools before becoming superintendent this summer. He said he has always been interested in education.
“My mom was a schoolteacher. I grew up around the field of education,” Cornett explained.
He felt inspired to become a teacher and, ultimately, superintendent, because he believes the students in Owsley County and Appalachia deserve access to educational opportunities presented elsewhere.