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Education

  • HCS offers free summer meals

    After school is dismissed for the summer, children still will be provided meals as Hardin County Schools offers free lunch and breakfast options throughout June and July through the Summer Food Service Program.

    The federally funded program has been in Hardin County between 12 and 15 years, said Mary Kuhn, child nutrition director for Hardin County Schools. It helps ensure children eat well even though school is not in session.

    Meals are free for anyone age 18 or younger, regardless of school district, race, sex, disability or household income.

  • HCS, EIS students prepare for testing

    It’s that time of the year again.

    Local schools have been gearing up for K-PREP and end-of-the-year assessment testing over the past week. In order to motivate and excite students for the annual review, educators got creative.

    Woodland Elementary School held a pep rally Friday to train its students on perseverance. Their K-PREP theme this year was “Woodland Strong,” which plays off the U.S. Army slogan, “Army Strong.”

  • EC3 construction right on schedule

    A 42-day delay in construction from challenging winter weather won’t delay students in the opening of the Early College and Career Center on University Drive. The doors will open Aug. 6.

    The 70,000-square foot structure, adjacent to Elizabethtown Community and Tech­nical College, is nearing completion as it undergoes what EC3 Principal Dan Robbins calls “aesthetical issues.”

  • HCS makes changes to Code of Conduct

    Two modern-day changes have been approved for Hardin County Schools’ district-wide Code of Conduct: limiting mobile video sharing and prohibiting e-cigarettes.

    Bringing the 1999-2000 Code of Conduct to the meeting, Associate Superintendent Bob­by Lewis compared the size of the 15-year-old document to the rulebook for the upcoming school year.

  • Central Hardin sophomore designs inaugural EC3 logo

    Sophomore Brandy Becker is getting an early start on her art career.

    During Central Hardin High School’s second trimester, Brandy created as a class assignment a logo design for the Early College and Career Center.

    Dan Robbins, incoming EC3 principal, along with various Hardin County Schools board members, invited all three HCS high schools to participate in creating the logo, because they all are going to be a part of the center. The center is set to open this fall.

  • Lincoln Trail Elementary recipient of Project Fit America

    Students at Lincoln Trail Elementary School will get moving next year as they partake in the Project Fit America program.

    An announcement was made at an assembly Monday that the school will participate in the project beginning in August. The school was presented with a grant for $23,000 from Hardin Memorial Hospital in partnership with PFA. The money goes to outdoor and indoor fitness and wellness equipment along with training, curriculum and tools for teachers.

  • Nearly 1,000 students receive degrees from ECTC

    Two hundred students walked across the stage Monday night to honor their degree completion at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    In total, 962 students graduated with a degree this semester.

    This May marks the community college’s 49th commencement ceremony.

  • ECTC student celebrates experience, path to degree

    Katie Boykin knows it’s not impossible to juggle being a young mother and a college student while maintaining a 3.7 GPA and a job.

    Boykin, 21, graduates today with an associate of applied science degree in engineering and electronics under computer maintenance.

    Boykin, a 2011 graduate of North Hardin High School, said she loves helping people and fixing things, which led her to a major while at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Lakewood Elementary names interim principal

    Lakewood Elementary School Assistant Principal Jonathon Williams will serve as interim principal next year.

    Williams moves into the post after current principal, Shelee Clark, was selected to fill the one-year job of director of Professional Growth and Effectiveness. She will return to Lakewood as principal before the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

  • East Hardin Middle School class learns through visuals

    Students in Ellen Douglas’ eighth-grade social studies class recently had an opportunity to learn about American history by recreating it.

    Douglas bases many of her assignments around hands-on visualization because it helps students learn and remember lessons. To that end, she assigned her social studies students to create their own interpretations of early American events.