By Jacqueline Brown

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS Superinten-dent Carlton Tucker and his wife, Barbara, said they were overwhelmed by the support they have received since the school board placed him on administrative leave with pay May 9.

I think its amazing, Barbara said Sunday evening at the Holiday House in Lampasas, site of a community rally for her husband. I didnt expect the support to be as strong as it is. Its tremendous.

Barbara teaches third- and fourth-grade music at Hanna Springs Elementary School in Lampasas and hopes to stay if something can work out between her husband and the Lampasas Independent School District board of trustees.

The LISD board of trustees is scheduled to discuss Tuckers employment status in executive session at todays 6 p.m. meeting.

Carlton didnt arrive in his signature bow tie, but was supplied with a paper one at the door.

All dressed up and nowhere to go, Tucker quipped. Actually, I have somewhere to go which is unusual.

Tucker came to Lampasas first as principal of Lampasas High School before being hired as superintendent.

He said the year he spent as principal at Lampasas High was his best in 30 years of education service because of the students, the schools and the community as a whole.

For some reason we made a connection, Tucker said. He added that the evening he was honored at the senior class awards ceremony was one of the most meaningful nights in his life.

Clay and Laura Harrington hosted the rally in support of Tucker. By the end of the night, they had received 45 letters to the school board and 107 signatures on a petition to reinstate Tucker as superintendent.

Local singer/songwriter Zach Huckabee performed at the event, and residents of Lampasas and its surrounding communities came out to honor the superintendent they felt brought unity to their schools, district and community.

Ive worked for nine different school districts, and Mr. Tucker is the best superintendent Ive ever had, said Barbara Kenley, special education math teacher at LHS.

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