McRay hired to lead MCATC

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She’s been Lebanon Middle School Principal since 2014

By Stevie Lowery

Career and technical education is where Christina McRay got her start.
McRay was a business education teacher in Bullitt County for eight years before coming back to her native Marion County to serve as assistant principal at Marion County High School in 2010. In 2014, she became principal at Lebanon Middle School. While she has enjoyed her time leading LMS, returning to the career and technical education field is an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
“It’s always been in my heart,” McRay said, referring to career and technical education.
Last week, McRay was hired to be the principal at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
“Honestly, this type of position was more in my five- to ten-year plan, but sometimes opportunities arise that change our path,” she said. “I’m excited and thankful the committee chose me to lead the MCATC.”
McRay said the MCATC is at a crossroads.
“Our community and our students want and need opportunities to learn and practice 21st century skills, in high-demand career areas,” she said. “The ATC staff and its partners are ready and willing to help take our school to the next level through high quality, relevant learning experiences that spark enthusiasm, create a sense of urgency, and help our students find their niche.”
While McRay said she will miss working with the Lebanon Middle School students and staff on a daily basis, she’s excited to help those same students once they begin taking classes at the MCATC.
“I’m so excited about the future of the MCATC,” she said. “As we continue to look for ways to improve our school, we look forward to working with both the Marion County and Washington County communities and their students. When we all work together, great things happen… Doors open for our students and their families, our business and industry partners benefit from a more prepared workforce, and our community gets stronger and more viable.”
Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said she believes McRay will do an outstanding job of working closely with both the Marion County and Washington County communities, local business and industry and local families and students.
“She believes in the purpose of technical education and has several years of experience working in that field,” Schlosser wrote in an email to the Enterprise. “Her experience as a principal and her excitement will translate into a culture of high expectations for all students.”
According to Superintendent Schlosser, McRay’s replacement at Lebanon Middle School could be hired by Nov. 14.