HCS board member resigning

Hardin County Board of Education member Andrea Palmer will step down from the school board in the near future. Palmer is moving Nevada after her husband received a job promotion.

The Hardin County Board of Education will soon have a vacancy.

Andrea Palmer, who represents Division 1, will resign her seat soon, she said. Palmer will be moving to Reno, Nevada because her husband, Casey, received a job promotion within the logistics company Logistics & Technology Services, Inc.

Palmer said she will likely resign her position on the school board in July or August, but an exact date had not been finalized.

“The finer details of the move are not finalized yet,” she said. “We may be in a situation where he goes first.”

Teresa Morgan, Hardin County Schools superintendent, said once Palmer officially resigns her position, the district must advertise the position for applicants. The Hardin County Board of Education will then be tasked with appointing Palmer’s successor and must do so within 60 days of Palmer’s resignation, according to a new state law. Palmer, who serves as vice-chair, represents the southern and eastern portions of Radcliff as well as the southwestern portion.

After the new board member is appointed, Palmer’s seat will be up for election in November.

Palmer was first appointed to the school board in 2017. She is no stranger to the Hardin County area, as she graduated from North Hardin High School in 1999 and earned an associate degree from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in 2007. Palmer currently serves as an executive assistant at Hardin County Water District No. 1, where she has been employed for eight years. Palmer’s replacement will be Nora Gocking.

“She is training now and just doing a bang-up job,” Palmer said. “She’s just killing it.”

Morgan said Palmer was a phenomenal board member.

“She has definitely been an advocate on the board,” she said. “Having someone with her experience as being a Hardin County student and having children in the system currently and having someone who is very visible in the community with her job with the water district, having her input into our decisions has just been phenomenal for us and the board.”

Palmer said she is very sad to have to step down from the school board.

“I take my role with the school board very seriously,” she said. “And I truly enjoy Hardin County Schools. I really do.”

Palmer said she will miss several things about the school district, including touring schools, meeting students during board meetings and going to high school graduations.

“Especially the North Hardin graduation,” she said. “I’m a North Hardin graduate and I got to graduate at North Hardin on the football field. So every time that we are at North Hardin on the football field and they sing the fight song, it almost brings me to tears.”

By TREY CRUMBIE

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