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Employment

About Us

In the Harlan County Public School District we have 9 schools, over 3000 students and a wealth of invaluable employees. Our District spans over 468 square miles and includes a number of communities where our schools call home including Baxter, Bledsoe, Cawood, Cumberland, Evarts, Harlan, Kenvir, and Wallins. No matter which area of our supportive community in which you work or are located, you’ll experience our warm and welcoming culture that values innovation and collaboration.

The focus on students’ academic excellence, employees’ success, and a supportive community is what sets us apart from other school districts. We have and will continue to improve the learning environments at each of our schools to fully engage students in the classroom and bring innovative learning practices alive.

Our commitment to equity is the foundation of our work and promotes an inclusive culture where students and staff can feel comfortable and thrive.

Mission
The mission of the Harlan County Public School District to empower ALL STUDENTS for the choices and challenges of the 21st Century.

Vision
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.

Certification

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. The process for certification is outlined on their website (http://www.epsb.ky.gov/course/view.php?id=3) along with contact information for questions and information regarding the following:

- How Do I Become A Certified Teacher in Kentucky? - How Do I Become Certified for Administrative Positions?
- Nontraditional Pathways to Certification - Certification Renewal
- What Fees, Applications and Certifications are Required? - Ranks and Rank Changes
- Substitute Teaching - National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
The Kentucky General Assembly, under KRS 161.048 has enacted alternative routes to teacher and administrator certification for persons who have demonstrated exceptional work and/or educational experiences. There are eight options for alternative teacher certification available through EPSB with Option 6 - University Based (sometimes referred to as ALT Cert.) and Option 8 - Teach for America (TFA) being the most popular within the Harlan County Public School District. For more information about these and other traditional and non-traditional pathways to initial certification, please visit Pathways to Teacher Certification.

Certified Teachers/Administrators

Ideal Candidate
The HCPSD is committed to hiring diverse candidates who bring high quality skills and knowledge. We are looking for individuals who have a growth mindset and are seeking opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and the community to create an exceptional learning experience for our children. We invite you to explore our current openings. Certified positions can be found by searching the Kentucky Educator Placement Service (https://applications.education.ky.gov/keps/JobSearch.aspx). You can select from the following: Location (Harlan County) Position(s), Subject(s), Grade(s) and Posting Duration. If there is a position posted that you are interested in, please start by reviewing the Employment Packet section which can be found below.

Ideal Teachers and Administrators
We want to work with the best and brightest administrators and teachers. If your beliefs are reflected in the following values, HCPS would be a great match for you!

Passionate - Care deeply for the success of your students, your fellow staff members, and the community as a whole.
Amazing Attitude - Make everyday a good day. Be positive about all the challenges and rewards that the day brings.
Achievement Driven - Believe that all students can learn and do whatever it takes to ensure student success. Set goals for yourself that will impact and improve your practice.
  Always Prepared - Plan, plan, plan! Commit yourself to great classroom structure and organization.
Relationship Driven - Be attentive to the needs of your students and their families. Develop a strong relationship with them, rooted in trust and compassion.
Knowledgeable & Skilled - Demonstrate content knowledge and educational best practices that support student learning.

Certified Substitute Teacher Information

We routinely recruit, retain, and support highly qualified teachers to ensure that students receive the best learning opportunities. However, even if our schools employ highly qualified full-time teachers, we recognize that substitute teachers also have a significant impact on the education of our students. A percentage of our school’s total annual student attendance days are under the care and teaching of substitute teachers. The overall guidance given to substitute teachers, including professional development and the acknowledgement and assessment of their performance are vital to not only their success, but the success of our students.

New Substitute Teachers
If you are interested in being a substitute teacher for the Harlan County Public School District we would love to hear from you! Please start by selecting a date that you can attend our mandatory substitute teacher training which is held the first Wednesday of each month at the Harlan County Board of Education at 1 pm. Please contact Scott Pace at scott.pace@harlan.kyschools.us or call 606.573.4330, ext. 2047 to register. Additionally, review our Employment Packet below beginning with the Employment Checklist. Please turn in all paperwork according to the order presented in the list. If you need additional information, please email Gina Cox at gina.cox@harlan.kyschools.us or call 606.573.4330, ext. 2028.

Existing Substitute Teachers
If you have worked in any capacity as a substitute during the previous school year, you will receive a packet of documents that need to be completed if you plan to work as a substitute for the Harlan County Public School system in the upcoming year. When completed, please mail or hand deliver them to Harlan County Public Schools, ATTN: Scott Pace, 251 Ball Park Road, Harlan, KY 40831.

If you misplace any of these documents, they can be viewed and printed below.

- Certified Reasonable Assurance Letter
- Substitute Teacher Guidelines
- Acknowledgment Form - Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training (http://education.ky.gov/teachers/PD/Pages/childabuseneglect.aspx)

The following information is included within the Certified Reasonable Assurance Letter. Please be aware that in order to be eligible to substitute teach during the 2018-2019 school year, you must complete these steps:

  1. You must sign and return the enclosed letter indicating your intent to substitute during the 2018-2019 school year. 
  2. Sign and return one copy of the two enclosed Limited Contracts of Employment. 
  3. Sign and return the enclosed form verifying you have read and understand the substitute guidelines.
  4. Rank 4 or 5 substitute teachers must update, print and return your substitute teaching certificate for the 2018-2019 school year on the Kentucky Professional Standards Board Website:  http://www.epsb.ky.gov/. This site will be available July 1, 2018 (You will complete this step after all paperwork is returned and processed)
  5. Complete restraint/seclusion training for 2018-19. This may be done at your home school or you can complete the online training and print your certificate at the following website: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/LEAD1103/. This update training will be available after July 1, 2018.
  6. Complete “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” Training at the following website, http://education.ky.gov/teachers/PD/Pages/childabuseneglect.aspx, and sign the enclosed Acknowledgement Form.

Lastly, we are required to record your rank and the total number of college hours that you have completed with the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board which also determines your pay scale. If you have a change in rank and/or have completed additional college hours, please bring us a copy of your transcript so that we can update your record!

Classified Support Staff

Everything we do revolves around our steadfast commitment to exceptional education and student success. A key part of that commitment is ensuring our students are living healthy, active, and productive lives. Our support staff’s role in assisting in the development of the whole child is greatly valued. That’s why we need your compassion and talents within the Harlan County Public School District.

To honor our commitment to exceptional education, we work hard to make sure district operations run smoothly. We often need the following talented individuals to support our students and educators in this effort and invite you to review our Employment Packet for any positions posted within our District.

  • Bus Drivers/Transportation
  • Food Services
  • Maintenance/Operations
  • Custodians
  • Para educators
  • Office Professionals
  • Summer Employment
  • Tutors
  • Nurses
  • Community Liaisons
  • Professional Technical Staff
  • Informational Technology

Ideal Candidates
We want to work with the best. If any of the following describes you, you would make a great fit within our school district.

Committed to Education - You understand the value of exceptional education for your community.
Team Player - Collaboration is important to you. You enjoy working alongside your fellow team members.
Hard Working - You bring a strong work ethic and dedication to your position.
  Caring - You are a compassionate individual who cares deeply for others.
Great Attitude - Positivity is your strength. You often embrace challenges with a smile.

Existing Substitute Aides and Custodians
If you have worked in any capacity as a substitute during the previous school year, you will receive a packet of documents that need to be completed if you plan to work as a substitute for the Harlan County Public School system in the upcoming year. When completed, please mail or hand deliver them to Harlan County Public Schools, ATTN: Joyce Blanton, 251 Ball Park Road, Harlan, KY 40831.

If you misplace any of these documents, they can be viewed and printed below.

- Reasonable Assurance Letter
- Acknowledgment Form - Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training (http://education.ky.gov/teachers/PD/Pages/childabuseneglect.aspx)

The following information is included within the Reasonable Assurance Letter. Please be aware that in order to be eligible to substitute during the 2018-2019 school year, you must complete these steps:

  1. You must sign and return the enclosed letter indicating your intent to substitute during the 2018-2019 school year. 
  2. Sign and return one copy of the two enclosed Limited Contracts of Employment. 
  3. Complete restraint/seclusion training for 2018-19. This may be done at your home school or you can complete the online training and print your certificate at the following website: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/LEAD1103/. This update training will be available after July 1, 2018.
  4. Complete “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” Training at the following website, http://education.ky.gov/teachers/PD/Pages/childabuseneglect.aspx, and sign the enclosed Acknowledgement Form.

Employment Packet

Anyone interested in either a Certified or Classified full-time position should first submit a Letter of Intent and then the appropriate application when/if required. Those wishing to become a substitute in any form should also complete the required documents outlined in the Employment Checklist and found below. All remaining applicants should wait until notification of hire.

Applications for Certified Teachers, Certified Substitute Teachers and Classified Staff along with additional required documents and services must be completed/reviewed in order to complete your application for employment within the Harlan County School District. These documents can be obtained below and/or at the Harlan County Board of Education located at 251 Ball Park Road, Harlan, Kentucky 40831. Please start by reviewing the Employment Checklist which will indicate exactly which documents need to be completed along with providing information regarding any associated fees.

Applications
All applications along with a separate Letter of Intent, if not already submitted, should be mailed to:

Harlan County Public Schools
ATTN: Gina Cox
251 Ball Park Road
Harlan, KY  40831 

*Certified Applications Only

Harlan County Public Schools
ATTN: Jim Middleton
251 Ball Park Road
Harlan, KY  40831 

*Classified Applications Only

Harlan County Public Schools
ATTN: Tabatha Johnson
251 Ball Park Road
Harlan, KY  40831 

*Food Service Applications Only

Harlan County Public Schools
ATTN: Debbie Dozier
251 Ball Park Road
Harlan, KY  40831 

*Bus Driver Applications Only

- Certified Teacher - Certified Substitute Teacher - Classified Employee
- Bus Driver (Classified Employee)    

Required Documents

- Employment Checklist (Start Here) - Statement - Not Covered by Social Security - Training Documentation (Child Abuse & Neglect)
- Letter of Intent - Drug/Alcohol Policy - Central Registry Check (Child Abuse & Neglect)
- Direct Deposit Authorization - Drug/Alcohol Signature Page - Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options
- Form I-9 - Medical Exam of School Employees - Code of Ethics
- Form W-4 - Restraint & Seclusion Training - EPSB Substitute Teacher Application Instructions

Classified Employment Postings

We make every attempt to make each posting available on our website in a timely manner and you can also view each posting at the Harlan County Board of Education located at 251 Ball Park Rd, Harlan, KY 40831. Please refresh your browser by hitting F5 to see new content.

June | July | August | September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April | May

Month
Position
Location
Length of Employment
       
June: 21st Century Site Coordinator Cumberland Elementary 2018-2019 School Year
  Kindergarten Instructional (Teacher’s) Aide Cumberland Elementary  
       



July: Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Evarts Elementary  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant Black Mountain Elementary

  New Harlan Patriot Football (Grades 5 & 6)    
  Custodian Evarts Elementary  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant Evarts Elementary  
  Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Evarts Elementary  
  Food Service Cook/Baker Black Mountain Elementary  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant – 8 Positions Cawood, Green Hills, JACES, Rosspoint  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant Black Mountain Elementary, Harlan Co. High  
  Custodian (181 Days & Swing Shift If Necessary ) Evarts Elementary  
  Bus Driver Fulltime Route Driver 2 positions for Harlan Co. High School Area  
  Bus Driver Fulltime Relief 2 positions for the Harlan and Evarts Area  
  Bus Driver Fulltime Route Driver 2 positions for Rosspoint Elem. School Area  
  Bus Driver Fulltime Route Driver 1 position for Evarts Area Special Needs Run  


 

August:
Special Education Instructional Assistant James A. Cawood Elementary  
Food Service Cook/Baker Wallins Elementary  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant Evarts Elementary  
  Food Service Assistant I (Secretary/Assistant Manager) Wallins Elementary  
  Food Service Cook/Baker - 7.5 Hours Daily Appalachian Challenge Academy  
  Instructional Assistant Districtwide  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant Evarts Elementary  
  Special Education Instructional Assistant Cumberland Elementary  
  Food Service Cook/Baker - 2 Positions Harlan County High School  
  Food Service Secretary/Assistant Manager (6 Hours) Evarts Elementary  
  Custodian (Third Shift) Harlan County High School  



September:
Custodian   -- 2 Positions
1 - 1st shift—195 days
1 - 2nd shift 181 days
Wallins Elementary  
Instructional Assistant            Rosspoint Elementary  
  Food Service Secretary/Assistant Manager (6 Hours) Rosspoint Elementary  
  Food Service Cook/Baker (6 Hours) Evarts Elementary  



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Notice:

For official Certified and Classified postings please visit the Harlan County Public School District's administrative offices at 251 Ball Park Road, Harlan, Ky. The Harlan County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.