Superintendent's Message

Dr. Harry Burchett Superintendent

Dr. Harry Burchett


I want to welcome everyone to the 2019-2020 school year for Harrison County Schools! School starts on Thursday, August 8th, and our staff is busy preparing for the return of our students to shiny, clean and well-equipped classrooms. Our vision is to be a model of opportunity for all stakeholders, but most importantly for all of our students, the future graduates of the Harrison County School District. As a community engaged and working together, we can provide a world-class educational system empowering all students to graduate LIFE-READY. We define life-ready as academically and socially prepared for a career, or post secondary education in college and/or career and technical education. To that end, our mission is simple – to develop all children to their fullest potential and prepare them for the next level of life! Our expectations are very high for every student and employee in our school system. To meet this important vision and mission, we will focus our efforts on five fundamental principles that drive the work in our schools:

  • The education of our students will be focused on the individual learning needs of each and every student.
  • We will foster and encourage student ownership of that education as both an opportunity for success and a Constitutional Right as a citizen of Kentucky.
  • We will continue to provide and expand enrichment opportunities through co-curricular, extra-curricular, and athletic activities and encourage all students to participate in at least one activity.
  • It is the responsibility of all students, and/or their guardians, to pursue and actively engage this comprehensive education available to students in Harrison County.
  • Community involvement in the education of our students is essential to preparing students for life and providing the most opportunities for real world application.

Thursday, August 8th will be here before we know it, and I encourage all parents and/or guardians to complete preparations as soon as possible. Begin setting expectations for a regular routine for your children well before the first day of school. Although all schools will be busy, the Hilltop with Southside, HCMS, HCHS, Thorobred Academy, ATC, CEC, and Central Office could become extremely congested. In an effort to provide a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders, we will have extra help from local law enforcement but please follow these precautionary requests.

  • Allow extra time to get to and depart from your destinations.
  • Watch for buses on the highways and at schools loading and unloading students.
  • Be courteous, and always allow others to merge into and out of traffic.
  • Have your students prepared for drop-off zones so as to reduce time needed for drop-off.
  • Be aware of posted speed limits, blind curves, and any other areas of concern

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s school at any time. If you have any other needs or concerns unable to be addressed at the school level, please reach out to me at the Harrison County School District’s Central Office. Students, this is your education. Make the most of it and have a great year!

Harry E. Burchett, Ed.D.
SuperintendentHarrison County Schools