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Education

  • EIS approves property tax increase

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board approved the maximum tax rate at its Monday meeting, increasing property taxes by $28 per $100,000 of assessed value.

    The public hearing for the tax rate, held prior to the meeting, was unattended.

    The board approved a tax levy of 69.9 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate and personal property, as well as a rate of 53.8 cents per $100 of assessed value on motor vehicles. Aircraft and watercraft are exempted.

  • EIS working budget shows total funds down about $2 million

    The final draft of Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ budget shows a slight increase in the general fund.

    The EIS board approved its working budget, which is the the third version reviewed by the board. Total funds for the district come to about $24.8 million, which is a drop of approximately $2 million from last year’s budget. The decrease comes from a smaller beginning balance and a drop in state funding and grant money, according to documents presented to the board.

  • Task force addresses degree completion for military families

    A state education work group is looking to ease the road to degree completion for military families.

    Five recommendations to increase college enrollment and completion among military spouses recently were presented to the Council on Postsecondary Education by the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky. The recommendations are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

    The five draft recommendations are:

  • T.K. Stone students run 'No Idle' campaign

    Most people are aware of the dangers of idle hands, but four students at a local middle school are raising awareness about the risks of idle engines.

    The students at T.K. Stone Middle School are leading the charge to better the air quality in Elizabethtown with a “No Idle” campaign, which encourages parents waiting to pick up their students after school to turn their cars off, cutting off the emissions from their vehicles. Last week was “No Idle” week in the district, and the students would like to see the campaign spread through the community.

  • E'town band marches to new beat

    The Elizabethtown High School marching band isn’t competing on Saturdays any longer, but they did make the football team dance on the sideline, which is a new measure of success for the revamped program.

    As a non-competing marching band, Elizabethtown High School shows now are a project of personal fulfillment and school pride for the students. Band Director Mark Webster said he is pleased to find his marchers work just as hard for themselves and their fellow students.

  • Musgrave shares lessons from his farm kid to spaceman journey

    Story Musgrave assisted in repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, but getting coffee delivered to him Tuesday night by a college president seemed to really impress.

    He was struck when Thelma White, president and CEO of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offered him a cup that she brewed during his presentation at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    “They got the president cooking me coffee. I have arrived!” he said.

  • FFA students advance to national competition

    The Agri-Science competition was a new venture for the John Hardin High School FFA chapter. For two members, it literally was a piece of cake.

    Taylor Doughty and Carson McCann, sophomores, are finalists in the National FFA Agri-Science Fair Food Systems Division after winning at the state level. Their project is in the final four and they will compete in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville.

  • Astronaut to visit ECTC, high schools

    A former NASA astronaut will share with local students lessons he learned while making the transition from farm kid to serving on the crew of six spaceflights.

    Story Musgrave gives a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 212 of the Regional Postsecondary Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. His presentation is the first of a planned series that focuses on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Radcliff student recognized for help in classroom translation

    Kelly Everhart is rendered almost speechless when she considers the help she’s received from her student, Jemilyana Pabon.

    “I”m telling you, if it wasn’t for her … “she begins, but trails off, not sure of how to finish the thought of what she would do without Jemilyana in her classroom.

  • LaRue County remembers band founder with show

    This year’s show for the Band of Hawks is centered around a promise of the future, but remembers the past.

    “Beyond the Sunset,” the name of the show for the marching band at LaRue County High School, portrays the idea that “with each sunset comes the promise of a new day,” Assistant Director Michael Collins said.

    But the show also serves as a memorial to Gene Hoggard, founder of the high school’s band who died last year, Collins said.