doc martens 1461 womens Ray Ginter named RCSHS principal
The School Based Decision Making Council at Rowan County Senior High School unanimously selected Dr. Ray Ginter to replace retiring RCSHS Principal Debbie Howes.
Ginter, who has served as assistant principal since 2008, said that it has always been his dream to become a principal.
“Administration has always been important to me and moving up has been my goal,” he said. “This just feels right and like it is the next step for me. Debbie has done such an incredible job here and her retirement came just as I finished my doctoral degree. The timing just seemed right and I love the community and the people. That’s why I moved here in 1999 and never left.”
Ginter said that he is working closely with Howes to prepare for the transition.
“As assistant principal I had the responsibility of discipline and athletics so changing to more of a focus on academics is going to be a transition. She is showing me the things that I need to know and allowing me to pick her brain,” said Ginter. “Since the time I started at the high school, she has guided me and I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor and teacher.”
He added that Howes has created a school where people want to come and he plans to maintain that atmosphere.
“If you don’t enjoy what you are doing then you cannot get the most of it, that goes for students, staff and me. It is important to continue the vision that Debbie has put in place,” he added. “I will continue adding exciting programs that other schools do not offer in order to grow a family environment where students, families and the community feel welcome and important.”
One way that Ginter plans to encourage comfortability and relationship building is with how he will divide duties.
“I will have two assistant principals, one will be solely for freshman, one for sophomores and juniors and I will work directly with the seniors. All students will know they have someone who is always here for them, whether it be academic or personal issues,” said Ginter.
Supt. Marvin Moore supported the SBDMC decision to hire Ginter.
“I know that Ray is up to the challenge and he has big shoes to fill, following what Debbie Howes has done for the high school,” said Moore. “With his experience and background, I think he’s ready for the challenge.”
Ginter began his work in education as a math teacher from 1995 to 2001. His first four years of teaching were in Salyersville and Paintsville, Kentucky.
In 1999, Ginter and his family moved to Rowan County where he began teaching at RCSHS.
“I’m extremely excited to have this opportunity and firmly believe that this is the best place to work in the country,” said Ginter. “More than anything I am honored and incredibly humbled by the support I have received from the teachers, students and community.”