Kim Adkins, Hardin County Schools Interim Director of Student Services, has been asked to fill the role permanently.
“I have enjoyed the past year working directly with the Student Services department and my involvement with students in a different educational capacity,” Mrs. Adkins said. “I am excited to continue to use my previous experiences as a school psychologist and Director of Special Education in this role to provide students additional support and services for educational success.”
The responsibilities of the Director of Student Services include working with school resource officers, overseeing safe school initiatives, leading due process hearings, collecting evidence for litigation when applicable, coordinating mental health counseling services, monitoring positive behavior intervention supports, evaluating threat assessments and other duties as assigned.
Mrs. Adkins has been the interim Director of Student Services since August 2020. She had previously served as the HCS Director of Special Education. When she left that position, HCS Special Education Consultant Jessica Purchis-Taylor was placed as the Interim Director of Special Education. With Mrs. Adkins’ permanent appointment, the Director of Special Education position will be posted with other district vacancies.
“Kim has done a tremendous job as interim Director of Student Services during the 2020-21 school year,” Chief Academic Officer Greg Sutton said. “Her talent, expertise and experiences have helped her create relationships with students, staff and our community. She is student-centered and she is passionate about their success.”
Mrs. Adkins will soon start her 19th year working in education. She began her service to Hardin County Schools in 2005 as a school psychologist. She was named as the HCS Director of Special Education in 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University. She earned her Director of Special Education Certification from Campbellsville University.