Superintendent's Message

Charles Morton

Harlan Independent School District has a long tradition of excellence as our schools have provided an outstanding education for our students for more than a century. We recognize that the education we provide in our classrooms today will shape the success of our students and our community in the future. For that reason, we take our calling as educators seriously as we constantly work to improve our professional performance for the benefit of our children’s education.   

We believe our students can learn as well as any others and that they must be prepared to live in a highly competitive and an ever-shrinking global community. Our schools have won many awards in the past but we strive to continually improve. As a result of the efforts of our students and staff, the Harlan Independent School District routinely rank among the top performing schools in Kentucky's 172 public school districts in academic performance on state assessments. The district has also been recognized as one of the nation's most cost effective districts as a result of the strong academic performance of its students while managing its spending. We are committed to even greater achievements in the future. Our system of schools (K3/K4 through High School) offers students and families the highest quality educational opportunities in our region.            

We believe our children can reach lofty goals through the dedicated efforts of our teachers and staff, the leadership of our school board and administrators, and the overwhelming support of our parents and community. Thank you for your interest in our district and our vision of education.