LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Superintendent of Hardin County Schools has been named the 2014 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year.  The Kentucky Association of School Administrators named Nanette Johnston to the title on Wednesday.

Faculty, staff, Hardin County School Board members, and community leaders took part in a surprise ceremony for Johnston.  She is now eligible for the title of National Superintendent of the Year Award, to be given in February of next year.

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators says Johnston has led Hardin County Schools to excel in college and career readiness.  The district recently established a Work Ethic Certification Program designed to make sure students have not just the academic preparation, but the personal skills and character traits to succeed in the workplace. 

"All superintendents want what's best for the students in their charge," said Wayne Young, KASA executive director in a news release. "But Nannette sets the bar incredibly high when it comes to passionately advocating for what is best for children, without regard to the barriers or naysayers."

Johnston will also be recognized at the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents winter conference on December 9 at the Galt House Hotel.

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