HARRODSBURG - Harrodsburg Independent School District has a good reputation across the state, Karen Hatfield says, and it is one of the factors that led her to take the principal's job at Evan Harlow Elementary School.
Hatfield was hired after Robert Brown resigned to take a job with the Professional Standards Board in Frankfort. Her most recent job was as principal at two small Bath County schools. She had worked in the Bath County system for 10 years, and her youngest child had graduated from high school and was heading to college.
Hatfield saw the two facts as a time to move on. She graduated from Morehead State University and got her doctorate at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She taught elementary school for nine years in Martin County; she is a native of Inez, Martin County's county seat.
While she wanted to move to another professional opportunity, she did not seek just any jobs. "I was very selective about the positions I applied for," she said Monday afternoon. She only sought out four positions: two superintendents' jobs, a job with the state Department of Education and the Harlow vacancy.