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Principal Named for Lexington Trails Middle School

Photograph of Mr. Clark McCracken. Unified School District No. 232 on Friday, March 1, 2019, announced Mr. Clark McCracken as the new principal of Lexington Trails Middle School, effective with the 2019-20 school year. McCracken’s appointment was formally approved by the Board of Education on Monday, March 4.

McCracken, who is currently the principal at Delaware Ridge Elementary School (USD 204) in Kansas City, KS, will succeed Mr. Steve Ludwig at Lexington Trails who recently announced his retirement after 40-plus years in public education.

The appointment of McCracken follows an extensive search process conducted by the school district, which included more than 50 applicants. The process also involved finalist interviews with staff and parents.

“We are pleased to have Clark accept the leadership position at Lexington Trails,” said Frank Harwood, Superintendent of Schools. “His educational experience and commitment to build on the strengths of LTMS will have a positive impact on our students, teachers, and parents. His enthusiasm will help us achieve the district’s vision to maximize every student’s potential.”

Prior to his position as principal at Delaware Ridge Elementary, he was an English Language Arts (ELA) teacher for four years at Robert. E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs, KS. During that time he organized and led staff development on literacy and ELA, and headed the implementation of curriculum pacing guides. McCracken began his teaching career as an ELA teacher in 2006 at Northwest Middle School, Kansas City, KS, in USD 500.

"Lexington Trails is a community of wonderful students, staff, and families,” McCracken said. “I am excited and honored for the opportunity to be part of the LTMS team, to continue to grow and promote the awesome work being done at Lexington Trails."  McCracken will contact the LTMS school community in the coming weeks to welcome families and students to the 2019-20 school year.

McCracken earned his bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Kansas and his master’s degrees in school leadership and secondary education through Pittsburg State University. He is married to Lindsay McCracken who is a high school ELA teacher at Bonner Springs High School. Together they have four children.