Russell County Superintendent dies

Vivian Carter, superintendent of Russell County schools, died at 12:30 pm today, said Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry.

Carter was rushed to a hospital Saturday night after being the keynote speaker at an American Businesswoman's Association function at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. He listed the cause of death as unknown.

Carter had been in the job for about half a year. Her first day was Nov. 15.

Carter came under criticism in October after it was disclosed that she listed her current salary with the Barbour County School Board in Alabama at $98,000. Her superintendent, Eddie Wright, signed a statement listing her salary as $76,313. The $98,194 figure included certain benefits plus costs of the school district associated with having her as an employee.

When asked in early November the most important factor in her decision to accept the job, Carter said, "I want to be given an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in the Russell County School district."

Carter, 57, worked for Barbour County Schools for 18 years, including the last year as director of federal program services. She succeeded Rebecca Lee, who resigned in July.