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Education

  • In honor of her mother, JHHS student recognized for Gilda's Club essay

    Writing always has been a part of Brittney Tooker’s life.

    “I’ve been writing a lot, I always have since I was little,” she said. But since her mother’s death five years ago, she never had been able to adequately express her feelings about the loss.

    “It was really hard to write about it because it’s hard to find the words to describe it,” she said.

  • No school for HCS, EIS students Tuesday

    School will not be in session Tuesday for students in the Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools districts.

    In fact, if your kids were home Monday, they likely will be off again Tuesday. All neighboring county districts also have canceled classes for Tuesday.

    Severe cold resulted in school being dismissed again because of inclement winter weather.

    Teachers at EIS will use the day for professional development, said Margie Maples,  administrative assistant to Superintendent Jon Ballard.

  • Woodland teacher to work with Kentucky Historical Society

    A local teacher will be serving on a state organization dedicated to sharing Kentucky’s past.

    Laureen Laumeyer, a teacher at Woodland Elementary School, has been elected as a member of the executive committee of the Kentucky Historical Society. The committee sets policy for KHS, which promotes the state’s heritage through various programs.

  • Rider named to Prichard Committee

    A local education advocate now is working for academic improvement on the state level.

    Al Rider, who recently announced his retirement as president and CEO of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, has become a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The committee is a statewide organization whose mission is improving public education at all levels, from preschool to postsecondary.

  • HCS board approves staffing levels at career center

    The new career center will be bringing 11 new teaching positions to Hardin County Schools.

    The HCS board approved Thursday the staffing allocations for the Early College and Career Center, providing a small look at the structure of programs in the facility.

  • Former EHS principal remembered for putting students first

    An educator who spent many years in local school systems is remembered by colleagues for a student-centered approach to his work.

    Gary Gibson, a former principal at Elizabethtown High School and an administrator in LaRue County Schools, Fort Knox Community Schools and Grayson County Schools, died Tuesday of cancer.

    Gibson, 61, served as principal at Elizabethtown High from 1996 to 1999. Former colleagues recalled his professionalism and desire to make students his top priority.

  • St. James student elected as KYA governor

    A convention that draws hundreds of students from around the state will have local leadership next year.

    Abby Erckenbrack, an eighth-grader at St. James Regional Catholic School, was elected governor at the west region of the middle school Kentucky Youth Assembly conference this past weekend. KYA is a mock government program in which students run for office, write bills and pass legislation.

    Alisha Suarez, a St. James eighth-grader, was chosen as the Outstanding Delegate.

  • Meredith honored with ag education award

    A Hardin County teacher is a leader in agriculture education in the state, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

    Leslie Meredith, a seventh-grade science and social studies teacher at West Hardin Middle School, received the 2013 Excellence in Ag Literacy Award. Meredith was recognized for including agriculture lessons in her curriculum.

    Meredith received $500 and a trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in June in Hershey, Pa., where she will compete for a national award.

  • EIS, HCS hold annual student draw

    The annual random draw for students seeking enrollment in out-of-district schools was Thursday with Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools officials at EIS Central Office.

    Fourteen new students will attend EIS schools without paying tuition and five students living in the EIS district will attend Hardin County Schools.

    There were 105 applications for spots in an EIS school, representing a total of 158 children. Families apply as a unit for spots.

  • Shriners serve school as mentors

    Freddie Peete doesn’t need a mirror to put on a tie, he told students in the library of Radcliff Elementary School, because he did it without one every morning while serving in the U.S. Army.

    Instead of a mirror, soldiers would use the reflection in someone’s eyes, he said. He fixed his gaze on a student and began showing them how to make a knot.
    “I know what I’m doing by looking in your eye,” he said.