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Florence City Schools mourns loss of District 5 board member Mrs. Laura Hardeman

Mrs. Laura Hardeman


FLORENCE, Ala. — It is with great sadness that Florence City Schools announces the passing of longtime District 5 school board member Mrs. Laura Hardeman. A former Florence City Schools teacher whose career spanned four decades, Mrs. Hardeman served on the Florence City Board of Education for 15 years. Known for her kind and positive spirit, Hardeman leaves a legacy that goes beyond the classroom.


"For some people, education is more than a job; for Laura Hardeman, it was a part of her way of life," Superintendent Dr. Jimmy Shaw said. "She gave as a teacher; she gave to the children, the community, and this town for most of her adult life, and we'll be forever grateful for that."


During her time on the board, district accomplishments included the building and completion of Florence Middle School, the establishment of the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and the founding of the W.C. Handy Early Childhood Development Center.


Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

By Jeremy Jackson
January 8, 2024