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Mock Trial Held at School
JROTC Competition
Student Field Trip to Barter Theater
First Day of School
First Day of School

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.

- Students in Ms. Amy Rose White's eighth grade U.S. History Class at Cawood Elementary School took part in a mock trial.
- Students facing extended absences from school eligible for school district’s home hospital program
- After reading and studying the novel Great ExpectAtions, MelissaQuillen, Lonna Bledsoe, Wes Bailey and Earnestine Sergent took their classes to the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va to see a performance adaptation of the classic story. 
- HCHS Raider team earns top honors; ranked first in region
- Rhileigh Alred, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for August.
- 2018-2019 National Honor Society officers for Harlan County High School
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #3, 9/21/18
- Students and staff at Green Hills Elementary School hosted a Grandparent’s Breakfast recently.
- Fourth grade students at Evarts Elementary performed a “Live Wax Museum" recently at the school.
- Black Mountain Elementary School participated in a career day recently.
- Mr. Edens 8th graders built batter boards in preparation for a project to square the foundation for a new shelter to be placed on the Jr. High Field at Black Mountain Elementary School.
- Hall gets glimpse of life at Naval Academy; Planning to pursue his military dream


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  • 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.


Be sure to review the Harlan County Schools Calendar to keep up with important dates and information.

October 5 & 8: Fall Break, No School for Students or Teachers
November 5: Flexible PD for Teachers, No School for Students
November 6: Election Day, No School for Students or Teachers
November 21: Flexible PD for Teachers, No School for Students
November 22: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School for Students or Teachers
November 23: Flexible PD for Teachers, No School for Students


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