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Teaching Touches Lives

BME Students Collect and Test Water Samples
District Scholarship Winners
EES Gifted and Talented Trip to Cumberland Gap
STEM Program Students Flying Drones
HCHS Choir

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.

- HCHS Scholarship Memo #18, May 9, 2019
- Free Athletic Screening on May 24th
- Students from Cawood Elementary have been having some fun while learning with the help of Moby Max.
- Harlan County FFA Hosts Annual Banquet  
- Harlan County Community Scholarships, Harlan County School Conservation Scholarships, Bianchi Memorial Scholarships
- Middle School All Festival Band
- Evarts Elementary School Gifted and Talented Program visits Cumberland Gap
- Harlan County High School Choir earns superior rating
- Devyn Shoemaker, a senior at Harlan County High School, is the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for March
- William Trey Farley, a senior at Harlan County High School, is the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for April
- Jared Lewis, a senior at Harlan County High School, is the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for May.
- Black Mountain Elementary students test local water samples.
- Black Mountain Elementary students participated in a yearlong STEM rotation.
- Students in Ms. Taylor Lankford's first grade classroom at James A. Cawood Elementary celebrated Cinco de Mayo recently.
- Congratulations to Harlan County High School freshman Olivia Creech for winning first place in the high school free verse poetry division of the 2019 Kentucky Educational Television Young Writers Contest.
- Harlan County High School held their Spring Piano Recital recently.


The Harlan County Board of Education is committed to ensuring that our web content is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. If you need information in an alternate format, please contact us.

Assistive Technology

Job Access With Speech (JAWS) is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. For more information on JAWS, click here.

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a "braille display". NVDA works with Microsoft Windows. You can download it to your PC, or to a USB stick which you can use with any computer. For more information on NVDA, click here.

Mac users have accessibility features built into their operating system including VoiceOver, Siri, and "Type to Siri" that assist users with a range of either visual or hearing disabilities to access online information as well as applications on their system. For more information on these Apple integrated accessibility features, click here.

ChromeVox is a free screen reader that comes built into Chrome OS to provide out-of-the-box accessibility. For more information on ChromeVox, click here.

Mobile Devices

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Apple devices include a number of built-in accessibility features to allow blind or low-vision users or those who are deaf or hard of hearing to interact with their device. If you are blind or have low vision, you can use VoiceOver, an advanced screen reader, to get the most from your iOS device. And Siri and Dictation help you type, launch apps, and read your calendar. More information on iOS assistive features is available online.

You can customize your Android device using accessibility settings and apps. More information on Android assistive features is available online.


  • 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.

May 21, 2019  Election Day
May 24, 2019 Last Day for Students - Full Day
May 27, 2019   Memorial Day
May 28, 2019 Closing Day for Teachers
May 29, 2019 *ALL SCHOOLS* Teacher Planning Day – No School for Students (check with your Principal concerning this day)
May 30, 2019 *CAWOOD ELEMENTARY, GREEN HILLS ELEMENTARY, & HARLAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ONLY* Teacher Planning Day – No School for Students (check with your Principal concerning this day)
May 31, 2019  *GREEN HILLS ELEMENTARY ONLY* Teacher Planning Day – No School for Students (check with your Principal concerning this day)
Harlan County High School Graduation will be Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.


Employment Applications:
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  
Enrollment Applications:  
- Application for Early Entrance to Kindergarten
- Entrance Age Board Policy
Handbooks: Miscellaneous:
- Code of Conduct - Bus Routes
- Employee Handbook - Certified Salary Scale
- HCHS Student Handbook (Updated 3/12/19)