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Education

  • Districts plan pilot of new faculty evaluations

    Local school districts are preparing to pilot a new evaluation system for teachers and principals in the next school year, a system which will be included in the state accountability model that monitors the success of districts.

    The effort, known as Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, was created through House Bill 180, which was signed in April by Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • Donation pays for HCS teaching training

    The partnership between Hardin County Schools and Science Applications International Corp. continued Monday with another gift from the company to the district.

    HCS received $8,000 from Science Applications International Corp. on Monday, the latest in a series of financial gifts between the company and the school district.

  • ECTC changes orientation process for new students

    The local community college is working to ease the transition for new students.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College unveiled a new orientation program for incoming students this summer, to streamline the process and make it a more personal experience for students.

  • SAIC to present check to HCS
  • Children's fair is Saturday

    There may not be any such thing as a free lunch, but for this weekend, there’s definitely such a thing as a free fair.

    The 18th annual Children’s Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Freeman Lake Park. The fair is free for families and offers games, prizes and entertainment for children ages 1 to 12.

  • Innovative inventors: Students learn science, geography, entrepreneurship in hands-on setting

    Kids tearing apart household items and creating catapults sounds like a nightmarish summer day for an average parent, but it’s just all in good educational fun at a summer camp.

    The annual Camp Invention is running this week at Meadow View Elementary School. The camp, for elementary and incoming middle school students, gives attendees a week of hands-on activities that cover a variety of subjects such as science, geography and entrepreneurship. The catapult, for instance, is a physics lesson wrapped up in cardboard, tape and a variety of other materials.

  • Mentoring program expanding in HCS

    A mentoring program in Hardin County Schools is expanding in the hope of encouraging children to perform to the best of their ability, set goals and have high self-esteem.

    The program, One Hour Revolution, was established by two AmeriCorps VISTAs working through United Way of Central Kentucky.

    It connects children for one hour each week during the school year each with their own mentor who shares similar interests or complimentary needs or personalities.

  • Ballard receives four-year contract with EIS

    The employment contract for Jon Ballard reveals typical benefits for the position and a slightly less-than-average salary, compared to others in the state.

    Ballard, the next superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, entered into a four-year contract with the EIS board when he was hired last month in the position.

    His contract begins July 1 and will run through the end of June 2017. Ballard will receive $115,000 as his base salary and will receive the same raises based on percentage of income that other certified staff receives.

  • Celebrating with service: Belk volunteers help at Helmwood Heights for company's 125th anniversary

    A local department store spruced up an elementary school in Elizabethtown as an anniversary present to the community.

    Volunteers from Belk in Elizabethtown and Hands On Nashville, an agency that coordinates volunteerism projects, offered their time and services Monday to Helmwood Heights Elementary School. The volunteer project is part of Belk’s 125 Days of Service, a celebration of the department store’s 125th anniversary.

  • Lynne Gibson named John Hardin principal

    The new principal at John Hardin High School is a familiar face to the school’s staff and students.

    Lynne Gibson, an assistant principal at John Hardin, replaces Alvin Garrison. Garrison is leaving at the end of the month to take over as superintendent at Covington Independent Schools.

    Gibson was one of the first teachers hired at the school when it opened in 2001, and said, “my heart and my soul is in this school.”

    “There’s nowhere I’d rather be, nothing I’d rather be doing,” she said.