• North Park teachers honored at Classroom of Excellence ceremony

    Much appreciation and gratitude were expressed for the work of Lori Allen and Emily Wilcoxson on Thursday, but none of it was said better than by the students in the teachers’ classrooms.

    In a video, students shared Allen was “fun and funny,” “the best teacher ever,” and Wilcoxson’s students find her “awesome and cute.”

  • Students find success at annual science fair

    Coleman Clark has completed his last science fair at St. James Catholic Regional School, but like any good lesson, learning the results of his experiment only piqued his interest.

    “You want to learn more and more,” Coleman said.

    St. James hosted its annual science fair Thursday. Seventh- and eighth-graders competed to see which experiments would come out on top. Coleman was one of the victors of the day.

  • Facing enrollment decline, HCS plans for reduced money for staffing

    Staffing levels expected for the upcoming school year show Hardin County Schools officials are preparing for fewer students.

    The HCS board approved Thursday tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, allocations show a loss of money for positions at almost every school.

    The board must distribute money to each school for faculty salaries, and schools must receive a definite allocation of resources by May.

  • EIS expects same staffing levels next year

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ staffing level is expected to remain steady for the upcoming school year.

    The EIS board Tuesday night approved tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year and a new policy to determine staffing levels.

    Staffing levels will remain unchanged for the most part, with the exception of an instructional aid position that will be eliminated from each school.

  • Club offers GEMS of knowledge

    Marshmallows and toothpicks aren’t commonly regarded as school supplies, but they’re not often thought of as building materials, either. The girls of GEMS can shake those misconceptions on both counts.

    Jessica Russo, a teacher at New Highland Elementary School, started a Girls Excelling in Math and Science club this year to encourage girls to enter career fields that rely on math and science skills. Russo hopes to use her platform as Mrs. Kentucky International to promote this type of education initiative for female students.

  • Test results show progress, improvement areas for schools

    Results of the 2013-14 EXPLORE and PLAN tests show varied outcomes for local schools. Some scores increasing in most tested subjects, while others dipped from last year.

    The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and cover the same four subject areas: English, math, reading and science. The EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and the PLAN is taken by high school sophomores.

  • AVID students ready for higher education

    Drew Morgan plans to double major in psychology and criminal justice and run track at Lindsey Wilson College. He credits the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at North Hardin High School for getting him ready for college.

    Morgan, 18, spent his senior year in the program, which helped him apply for colleges and scholarships and apply for financial age.

    “It really develops you,” he said.

    Morgan joined more than a dozen other AVID students for a ceremonial college signing Thursday in the library of North Hardin High School.

  • Central Hardin FFA students spruce up park

    While some of their classmates enjoy spring break on a sunny beach or other vacation destination this week, 16 students from Central Hardin High School’s FFA spent the first day of their break donating their time to spruce up facilities at University Drive Park.

    A restroom and Peanut league dugout vandalized on Christmas Day, a wooden playground facility and park benches received fresh coats of paint thanks to the volunteers.

  • LaRue school board takes no action on superintendent's DUI

    Sam Sanders can continue in his role as LaRue County Schools superintendent, much to the chagrin of residents calling for his termination Tuesday night at the LaRue Board of Education office.

    The board met for nearly an hour and a half in closed session to discuss Sanders’ Saturday arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, but chose to take no official action against him.

  • State energy secretary to speak at ECTC

    Kentucky’s secretary of energy and the environment will make a presentation Friday at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    After talking to Elizabethtown High School’s Women in Science group on the ECTC campus, Dr. Len Peters will make a presentation about energy research projects and careers at 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 212 of the Regional Postsecondary Center.