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Education

  • Future problem solvers

    This week, 54 students from 11 schools are practicing innovation and problem solving.

    For the past 10 summers, schools in Hardin County have conducted Camp Invention for area children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The students give up one week of their break to spend learning with curriculum based around science, math and problem solving.

    “It encourages them to think outside the box,” Camp Director Carla D’Alessio said.

  • T.K. Stone pool renovations nearing completion

    The T.K. Stone Middle School pool renovation project still is underway despite a delay in completion.

    The project, originally scheduled for completion for the 2013-14 swim season, is now set to be finished before the 2014-15 season begins. The renovation has included a building expansion, expanding the pool from six lanes to eight, moving locker rooms upstairs, adding bathrooms to the first floor and building an enclosed walkway connecting the pool and the gymnasium.

  • Central Hardin teacher relocating to become principal

    A Central Hardin High School chemistry teacher has been named principal of Old Kentucky Home Middle School in Bardstown.

    Jesse Simpson, who is originally from Chaplin in Nelson County, will become the school’s new principal for the 2014-2015 school year following a unanimous vote Monday afternoon by the school’s site-based council.

  • Local schools launching bornlearning Academies

    Two local schools have been awarded money to launch early childhood learning programs called bornlearning Academies for the upcoming school year.

    North Park Elementary School and Panther Academy were among schools recognized Monday at the opening of the Ready Kids Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. More than 1,000 early childhood professionals from throughout Kentucky are attending the professional development conference this week, including representatives from both local schools.

  • EIS superintendent reviews first year on job

    With 27 years in education at three school districts and numerous positions, Jon Ballard has worn several hats throughout his career.

    Now, with a year of leading an entire school district, Ballard hopes and plans to stick around as superintendent for Elizabethtown Independent Schools a while longer.

    Upon being hired as superintendent in April 2013, Ballard immediately began working, though not officially starting his contract until July 1, following Gary French’s retirement. Ballard created strategies for his first year from the beginning.

  • Bauer named new North Middle principal

    Central Hardin High School Assistant Principal Chris Bauer has been named North Middle School’s next principal.

    According to a news release from Hardin County Schools, the North Middle School site-based decision making council chose Bauer on Tuesday.

  • HCS seeking distinguished alumni for 2014 class

    Hardin County Schools is seeking candidates for its 2014 Class of Distinguished Alumni.

    Anyone can nominate a Hardin County Schools alum by going to the Hardin County Schools website, www.hardin.k12.ky.us. A link to the nomination form is on the front page of the district’s website.

    Deadline to nominate individuals is July 11, according to HCS spokesman John Wright.

  • Two seniors maintain perfect attendance through high school

    Going 13 or more years without missing a single day of work is a tall order for most adults. Hardin County Schools seniors Clotie Simmons and Zachary Wagner, however, were up to the challenge at school.

    Simmons, a senior at North Hardin High School, pushed through illness and pain from mouth surgery to main­tain her flawless attendance record. She attended Vine Grove Elementary, James T. Alton Middle School and then North Hardin, and never received a single tardy.

  • Hughes hired as principal at Hodgenville Elementary

    The Hodgenville Elementary School site-based decision-making council has selected Eric Hughes to be the next principal.

    Hughes taught physical education at Hodgenville Elementary before becoming assistant principal at LaRue County Middle School.

    The council’s principal selection members are Sam Sanders, superintendent and chairman; Jennifer Price, vice chairwoman and teacher representative; Mitzi Allen, teacher representative; Billie Webb, teacher representative; Maria Thurman, parent representative; and Katie Cooper, parent representative.

  • GED, Hardin County High graduates reach goals

    To some, graduation means completion of a degree or diploma after days and nights of studying. To others, the word simply means to prevail or overcome an obstacle.

    Melissa Grimes spent her years in school with learning disabilities that caused her to be in special education classes. After becoming ill, Grimes said her mother pulled her out of public school.

    At 18, Grimes gave birth to a set of twins who ultimately altered her focus from school to family.

    “I kind of put everything on the back burner,” she said.