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Education

  • ECTC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    Students and community members are able to honor their Hispanic roots together at an upcoming event at the local community college.

    A Hispanic Heritage Celebration is at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The annual event is hosted by the Multi-Cultural Committee.

    Hispanic Heritage Month began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15.

    Alberto Moreno, an associate professor of arts and humanities, said the event is one of the ways the school recognizes student diversity.

  • Students seek higher learning information

    While there was a lot of advice to be had in the room, Matt Whitehouse was relying on the wise words of the rapper once known as Puff Daddy when considering his future.

    His decision to pursue a career in accounting was “all about the Benjamins,” he said.

    Joking aside, his pursuit of what are more commonly known as $100 bills was real, he said, as the senior in high school is looking for a financially lucrative career. But his interest in Transylvania University was based more on aesthetics.

  • Students compete for Merit honors

    Local high school seniors are competing for a prestigious national scholarship this year.

    Several students in Hardin County were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists this month.

    Abby Hinkson, a senior at Central Hardin High School; Jackson Shaw, a senior at Elizabethtown High School; Rachel Lachut, a senior at North Hardin High School; and Tony Bell, a senior at Fort Knox High School, were designated semifinalists. Evelyn Whelan, a senior at LaRue County High School, also was named a Merit semifinalist.

  • HCS approves working budget

    Hardin County Schools’ officials gave the board a full picture of its financial status this week.

    The Hardin County Schools board approved the district’s working budget Thursday night at the board’s regular meeting. The working budget is the third and final step in the district’s budgetary cycle. The general fund shows an increase from the expectations of the tentative budget, which was approved in May.

  • Annual college fair is Monday

    The annual Heartland Regional College Fair is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Central Hardin High School. The event is an open house that allows students to gather information about more than 40 higher education institutions, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

    The event is open to students and their families from all area high schools.

    It includes two financial aid sessions at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. in the library, according to the news release.

    Featured institutions include:

    • Asbury University
  • Local teachers to be featured at state conference

    Several local educators will be delivering presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday at the annual conference of the Kentucky Association of School Councils. The conference is in Louisville.

    Susan Ryan, gifted and talented coordinator at Elizabethtown Independent Schools, hosts a session called “Building a STEM Pipeline from K-12,” according to a news release from KASC.

  • CPE report included proposal of military advocacy group

    An education group recently proposed creating a military student advocacy group to address the needs of service members and their families who are continuing their educations.

    The recommendation was one of six the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky made to the Council on Postsecondary Education recently. The recommendations presently are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

  • 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: