LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Hardin County Schools is looking for a new superintendent now that the current head has decided to retire after 10 years at the helm.

Nannette Johnston has served Hardin County Schools for 33 years, since she stared as an assistant with North Hardin High School band while in college.

Johnston has also taught at Parkway Elementary School and Vine Grove Elementary School and was asked to lead the district’s early childhood education program.

She’s been superintendent since 2006 and she will officially leave office June 30, 2016.

“I am blessed to have worked all of my life in a district that I absolutely love,” Johnston said. “Hardin County Schools is all I have ever known. I went to Vine Grove Elementary School and graduated from North Hardin High School. This district means everything to me. That is what has made this decision so tough."

According to a release, state assessment scores have risen under Johnston’s tenure.

“There aren’t enough ways to thank Nannette for the lasting impact she has made on this district,” Hardin County Board of Education Chair Charlie Wise said. “There are too many programs, partnerships, centers and activities to count that have Nannette’s hand on them. But, above all, Nannette has always put students first."

The Board of Education accepted a motion Thursday evening to work with the Kentucky School Boards Association on a new search process.

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