Bobby Lewis will return to Hardin County Schools as the interim chief support officer.

The district announced Monday that Lewis will take on the position for the rest of the school year.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to come back and be a member of two vital departments in our district,” Lewis said in a news release. “These teams have a great statewide reputation of doing what is best for students and staff and helping them achieve success.”

Chris Bauer retired from his position Friday as chief support officer which he held for about two years.

Lewis retired as the associate superintendent at Hardin County Schools in 2015.

Since retiring, Lewis has served as interim principal at G.C. Burk­head Elementary School in 2016 and as interim principal at Vine Grove Elementary in 2017.

“He has proven time and time again he is truly dedicated to the students and staff of Har­din County Schools,” Sup­er­in­tendent Teresa Morgan said in the release. “He is respected by the staff and has a natural rapport with students and parents.”

John Wright, director of community relations, said the chief support officer is in charge of all things within the student services department including student health, truancy and behavior and alternative education.

They also are in charge of staff retention, recruitment, employment services, benefits, substitutes, any allegations of workplace harassment and title IX violations.

A posting seeking applicants for the position is on the district’s website. The district hopes to fill the position by July 1.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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