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Teaching Touches Lives

Breanna Epperson DAR Award
Green Hills Elementary Science Fair
Wallins Elementary Students Win Band Awards
Cumberland Elementary School Students Hunt Easter Eggs
Dr. Seuss Day Presentation

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.

- Over 14,000 people participated in the Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) summit hosted by the 22 school districts of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Pikeville on April 11.
- Congratulations to all of the winners in the recent Science Fair!
- Several teachers from Harlan County Public Schools recently completed the Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) sponsored by the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.
- Kentucky Shakespeare recently visited Green Hills Elementary School where they performed “Twelfth Night” and held workshops for the students. 
- Pillowcase project helps prepare Cawood Elementary students and their families for emergencies.
- Students in grades kindergarten through sixth participated in the Mobile Dairy Classroom at Cawood Elementary School.
- HCHS Spring Sports Schedules: Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field


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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.


May 18, 2018 - Last Day for Students - Full Day
May 21, 2018 - Closing Day for Teachers
May 23 - 25, 2018 - Teacher Planning Days – No School for Students


Bus Driver Application Food Service Application
Certified Application Substitute Teacher Application
Classified Application More (Home Hospital, etc.)
Handbooks: Miscellaneous:
Code of Conduct Certified Salary Scale
Employee Handbook  
HCHS Student Handbook