Jennifer Burnham is moving back to Hardin County Schools after two years at the helm of T.K. Stone Middle School in Elizabethtown.

Burnham will become HCS’ director of federal programs and leadership development. In that role, she will be responsible for the dis­trict’s federally funded programs in addition to working with principals to provide effective leadership development and to support them.

“I am looking forward to this new adventure,” Burnham said in an HCS news release. “This presents an opportunity to help students in a new and exciting way for me. I hope to contribute to the strength of instruction, especially at the high school level, and to spark the process of growth in the students, staff and programs with which I am associated.”

The T.K. Stone Middle School Site-Based, Decision-­Making Council met Thurs­­day to start the principal search, Eliza­beth­town Independent Super­intendent Jon Ballard said. The job has been posted.

“We have been very fortu­nate to have had Jennifer Burn­­ham as the principal at T.K. Stone Middle School for the past two years,” Ballard said in a statement. “Although her time was brief, her impact will be lasting. While we certainly hate to see her go, we understand the double-edged nature of having an accomplished leader when career advancement opportunities pre­sent themselves. On behalf of the EIS family, we wish her the best.”

Ballard said at the meeting Burnham will be around in the next weeks to help get the building ready for the start of school.

He hopes to have a principal in place before school starts Aug. 8, but it will depend on the number of applicants in the next few weeks. This is the first middle school principal opening of the school year and one of two current vacancies in Hardin County.

Burnham is taking over for Jennifer Lewis, who is retiring.

Burnham started working in Hardin County in 1999 as an English teacher at North Har­din High School. She moved to Central Hardin High School in 2004 where she also taught English. She was promoted to assistant prin­cipal at Central Hardin in 2012.

“She is a proven leader and has the talent to serve as a fantastic administrator,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said in a news release. “Her work ethic and her experience as a principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher will truly assist her in all aspects of her position.”

Katherine Knott can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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