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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.

- Black Bear Fans! Mark your calendar and save the date because it is almost time for: MEET THE BEARS, the 2018 edition. It will be held at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. Activities will feature all fall sports teams, as well as our middle and elementary school programs. As always, It's A Great Day to Be a Harlan County Black Bear!
- An oil painting of the late Harlan County Schools Superintendent James A. Cawood was presented recently to James A. Cawood Elementary School Principal John Carter for display at his school.

Open House Dates & Information:
- Cawood Elementary - Back to School Bash: Wednesday, July 25th, 10 am - 1 pm (Free Food, Free Clothing, Free School Supplies, Fun Games!)
- Cawood Elementary - Open House: Saturday, August 4th, 10 am - 2 pm (Food Pantry Giveaway, Household Items & Cloths Giveaway, Festival Games, Drawing for Door Prizes, Grill Out - Hot Dogs, Chips & Drinks)
- Cumberland Elementary - Back to School Blowout: Friday, August 3rd, 5 pm (Free School Supplies)
- Cumberland Elementary - Open House: Tuesday, August 7th, 3-5 pm (Meet your Teachers, Get Supply Lists, See your Classroom, Free Refreshments)
- Evarts Elementary - Open House & Ice Cream Social: Tuesday, August 7th, 3-5 pm (Classroom Assignments, Meet your Teachers, Enroll your Child, Free Ice Cream and Cake, Free School Supplies)
- Green Hills Elementary -Back to School Bash: Tuesday, August 7th, 2-4 pm
- Harlan County High School - Freshman Orientation: Tuesday, August 7th, 5 pm to 7 pm
- James A. Cawood Elementary - Open House: Tuesday, August 7th, 3-5 pm (Meet & Greet Teachers, Shaved Ice, Opportunity to Enroll Your Child, School Supplies & Much More!)
- Rosspoint Elementary - Open House: Tuesday, August 7th, 1-3 pm (Meet your Teachers, Classroom List, Refreshments, School Supplies)
- Wallins Elementary - Back to School Bash: Tuesday, August 7th, 4-6 pm


  • 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 Bus Routes
Employee Handbook Certified Salary Scale
HCHS Student Handbook  


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If you are using JAWS, please press the JAWS key along with Escape.  For NVDA, press the NVDA key along with  Escape. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us.