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Education

  • North Hardin band sees youth as opportunity

    After earning second place in last year’s KMEA state competition, the North Hardin High School marching band is returning with a “Fury” this year.

    The band is larger in numbers but younger in age this year compared to last. However, it isn’t allowing age to stop it from setting lofty goals at the national level for this season.

  • Nearly 200 HCS seniors enroll in work ethic program

    Nearly 200 seniors enrolled in Hardin County Schools’ new work ethic certification program by Friday’s deadline.

    Out of 975 seniors in the school district, a total of 195 — 20 percent of the senior class — opted to participate in the program, according to John Wright, HCS spokesman.

    “We were hoping for more,” Wright said, “but we know as this progresses, more students will be eligible to participate.”

  • EHS carnival
  • West Point finds success with leadership program

    Lily Hendley has been honored in front of the West Point Independent School student body several times this year. Hendley has been acknowledged not because of classroom achievements, but because of respect she’s shown at school and her assistance to classmates.

    “It feels really good because I don’t get all As, so it makes me feel really good inside when I get an award,” she said.

  • HCS seeking a property tax increase

    Hardin County Schools board is hosting a hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s Central Office to discuss the proposed tax levy for the upcoming year.

    District officials are proposing a 2-cent increase taking property taxes to 60.7 cents per $100 of assessed value of real estate and personal property. This proposed rate would bring in about $33.5 million.

    Last year the district levied a rate of 58.7 cents per $100 of assessed value of property, which raised about $32.3 million locally.

  • HCS recognizes its success stories with Distinguished Alumni luncheon

    While the audience assembled Thursday at the Historic State Theater was there to see honored alumni of Hardin County Schools, alumnus Marty Fulkerson said the day was a celebration of the school system.

    “Today is really about recognizing the outstanding educators and administrators in Hardin County Schools,” said Fulkerson, a 1984 graduate of North Hardin High School and member of Elizabethtown City Council.

  • I, robot builder

    A raucous din filled the gym Thursday at West Hardin Middle School as nationally recognized Central Hardin High School students showed off their heavy metal mastery.

    Cheering seventh-graders looked on as high schoolers maneuvered a remote-operated robot through its work of loading and dumping cargo.

  • HCS to host distinguished alumni luncheon

    Hardin County Schools will recognize 10 graduates at the district’s annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at the State Theater.

  • Early childhood council seeks wider audience

    An expanding mission will bring an expanded community presence for the local early childhood council.

    The Hardin County Early Childhood Council, along with the other councils in the state, is starting to spread awareness of its work and its mission in the community, as the council’s role in the community has changed. The councils were first formed to ensure children had access to high-quality child care centers. Now along with that goal, the councils will also begin working more generally with the community at-large.

  • Details emerge in principal’s resignation

    An audio recording of former New Highland Elementary School Principal Mark Thomas threatening an employee was the impetus behind his eventual resignation, according to Hardin County Schools officials.

    In a letter to Thomas, Superintendent Nannette Johnston listed “continued use of intimidating and threatening tactics” as the first of five reasons for dismissing the principal. She also cited a racial slur attributed to Thomas and insubordinate acts including lying during the investigation of an employee grievance.