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Education

  • School districts draft resolution asking for additional money

    Two local districts have joined a growing chorus of voices asking the state legislature to remember the educational needs of its children.

    Hardin County Schools, Elizabethtown Independent Schools and several other districts across the state are asking for the General Assembly to restore state funding to school districts to 2009 levels. Since that time, the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky fund has dropped by almost $40 per student.

  • HCS approves upcoming school calendar

    Hardin County Schools has laid out its schedule for the next school year.

    The HCS board approved the 2014-15 school calendar Thursday at its regular meeting. The board approved the recommended calendar from Superintendent Nannette Johnston and didn’t partake in discussion regarding the proposal, according to Community Relations Director John Wright.

    The next school year begins Aug. 8, 2014, and ends on May 22, 2015. Fall break is Oct. 6-10 and spring break is April 6-10.

  • Bands marching off to competition

    The year’s marching season is drawing to a close, but local bands are hoping to make the final two Saturdays count.

    Four high schools are competing in the quarterfinals of the Kentucky Music Education Association State Marching Band Competition.

    Students at John Hardin feel the band has come a long way since the start of the season. Senior Loren Carman said the band improved faster throughout the year than she first anticipated.

    “They’ve exceeded my expectations, most definitely,” Carman said.

  • ECTC honors eight alumni

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has added more photos to its distinguished alumni display in the Regional Postsecondary Education Center. Photos of the 83 honorees reflect the mission of the college, said ECTC President/CEO Thelma White.

    “It serves as a visible reminder of who we are and what our work is all about,” White said.

  • Hardin County Schools receives grant from Monsanto Fund
  • 8 named distinguished alumni of ECTC

    Eight Elizabethtown Community and Technical College alumni will be recognized Monday for exemplary service to their professions and communities with induction into ECTC’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

    The 7 p.m. ceremony and dessert reception in ECTC’s Regional Postsecondary Education Center is open to the public.

  • Leads in 'Shrek' share family deployments

    A production that shares the message of accepting yourself is allowing two students to better accept their roles in military families.

    The leads of the North Hardin High School choir’s production of “Shrek the Musical” are handling the spotlight while dealing with their mothers’ deployments. Senior Monazia Smith and sophomore Glenn Williams are finding support through the choir and the musical, which is performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

  • HCS, childcare to use sign language with pre-K

    Early childhood educators have signed on for sign language.

    Parents and preschool and childcare staff participated in sign-language training as a way to improve communication with young students who still are learning how to verbally express themselves.

    Trainers and equipment from the Florida-based program Time to Sign were paid for by a grant from Communicare.

  • Girls spend fall break exploring engineering

    Eight area middle and high school girls are spending their fall break proving gender plays no role in designing and programming an aquatic robot.

    The girls, students of Elizabethtown Independent Schools and Fort Knox Community Schools, are participating in Waterbotics, a week-long program organized by Hardin County 4-H. The all-girl camp is part of the National Science Foundation and The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative and strives to interest girls in engineering, said 4-H program assistant Beth Loving.

  • ECTC grads place in national competition

    Two Elizabethtown Community and Technical College graduates put their skills to the test and came out on top in the nation.

    Jeremy Dones won a gold medal in diesel equipment technology and Jacob Noel won a silver medal in industrial motor controls in the SkillsUSA competition in the summer. The competition tests students in their knowledge of their chosen technical field.

    Both Dones and Noel participated last year and performed well. Dones was asked to take part by his teachers.