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Tie Dye Project.
GEAR UP Community Service Project.
Student Reading Project
Scholarship Award Recipients

Recent News & Events

The Harlan County Public School District is excited about all of the opportunities available to our students, employees and community as a whole. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate the successes of our Schools, Programs, and District and ask that you become involved in the education of our children. Below and on our News page you will find a number of publications that will reflect the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

- Freshman orientation will be held at Harlan County High School on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- GEAR UP took freshman and sophomores on a college tour of the University of Kentucky
- The Harlan County High School GEAR UP Club planted tress at Highslpint Park for a community service project. The trees were donated by Raymond Cox, Harlan County 4-H Youth Development Agent.
- The theme for the Green Hills Elementary School reading night was “Camp Out with a Good Book.”  Students participated in various activities that included the following stations:  “S’mores”, Game, Rhyming, Retelling, Puppet, and Bookmark. 
- Mrs. Diana Tipton’s and Ms. Karen Simpson’s second grade classes at James A. Cawood Elementary School participated in Arts and Humanities activities recently.  Each student tie dyed their own shirt.  Students engaged their creative sides by mixing colors, watching the colors blend into swirls and creating abstract images. 
- Ashley Brooke Hawkins, a 2018 graduate of Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for May.
- Gavin Ewald, a linebacker on the Harlan County Black Bear Football Team, recently had the opportunity to work out with University of Kentucky starting linebacker Kash Daniel.
- Harlan County High School student Kiki Dean has been selected for participation in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute offered through the Youth Programs at the Center for Rural Development.
- Breyden Daniels has been named a 2018 Rogers Explorer. Daniels is a recent graduate from Wallins Elementary School and an incoming freshman at Harlan County High School.
- At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. A total of 3,749 teachers have been recognized for their teaching excellence throughout the years. Harlan County – Brent Roark, superintendent; Faith Clem, Black Mountain Elementary School; Andy Howard, Green Hills Elementary School; and Alexandra Nau, Harlan County High School.
- Allison Cook, a member of the Harlan County High School Class of 2018 and daughter of Roy and Lisa Cook, was named the recipient of the Harlan County Schools Superintendent's Student Council Black Bear Kindness Award recently.
- The Cawood Elementary School Custodial Staff was honored with a "Clean Sweep Award" after winning all four of the 2017-2018 custodial inspections in the Harlan County School District.
- Christopher Brown, an incoming senior at Harlan County High School, has been awarded the 2018 University of Kentucky Book Award.
- Chelsey Caldwell and Breanna Epperson recently received leadership awards during the Harlan County High School awards program.


  • Brent Roark - Superintendent

    Welcome to the Harlan County Public School District web site. We hope that you find it to be resourceful as you explore all that our school system has to offer. As always, we encourage you to play an active role in the lives and education of our children. Please feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments about our District and how you can make a difference.


Our Mission is to empower ALL STUDENTS for the choices and challenges of the 21st Century.


We accept the responsibility of providing a quality education to ensure that each student regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic or physically challenged status, has the opportunity to develop their abilities to the highest level.

We embrace the goals set forth in the Kentucky Education Reform Act: expecting high achievement from all students; commitment from the community, parents, faculty, staff and administrators placing emphasis on the relating education of real life experiences resulting in smooth transition into adulthood; and providing a risk free, caring, safe environment.


August 6, 2018 - Flexible Prof. Development for Teachers
August 7, 2018 - Opening Day for Teachers
August 8, 2018 - First Day for Students – Full Day

- 2018-2019 School Calendar
- 2018-2019 Summer Prof. Development Calendar


Please visit our Employment page for information regarding Certified and Classified employment including job postings, applications, required documents and more!
Employment Checklist Cert. Substitute Teacher App.
Bus Driver Application Classified Application
Certified Teacher Application  
Handbooks: Miscellaneous:
Code of Conduct Certified Salary Scale
Employee Handbook  
HCHS Student Handbook  


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