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Education

  • EIS' French sets June retirement

    Gary French never expected to have a long career as superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, saying he planned to serve only one contract.

    He made it official he will do just that and retire at the end of the school year. The next superintendent will be the district’s fifth in the last eight years.

    French informed EIS board members a few weeks ago, he said, and held a staff meeting to make the announcement at the end of last week.

  • EIS earns accreditation

    Elizabethtown Independent School District is one of seven school systems in Kentucky to be recognized for achieving voluntary system accreditation through the AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process.

    The Kentucky Department of Education announced the achievement last week.

    Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance for schools and districts.

  • Student earns local honor, trip to St. Louis

    North Hardin High School senior Aaron Vance has been chosen to represent the local chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership in St. Louis later this month.

    Several students from across the area submitted their names for consideration. They submit biographical information, a list of leadership positions, academic accomplishments and an essay.

  • J.T. Alton teacher on to semis for Teacher of the Year

    James T. Alton Middle School teacher Byron Witham has made the first cut for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year award sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc.

    Witham, a music teacher and band director at the Vine Grove school, is one of three teachers from around the state to advance to the semifinals. He was among eight middle school teachers vying for the award.

    Nine teachers from around the state – three elementary school teachers, three middle school teachers and three high school teachers – are in the semifinalists.

  • ECTC to honor 10 grads

    Educators, attorneys and an engineer are among the 10 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College alumni who will be honored Monday night with induction into ECTC’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

    The 7 p.m. ceremony and dessert reception in ECTC’s Regional Postsecondary Education Center is open to the public.

  • Central seniors named Merit semifinalists

    Two Hardin County high school students are in the running for prestigious national scholarships.

    Rachel Witten and Kendra Ball were named National Merit semifinalists, putting them in the running for National Merit Scholarships. The Central Hardin High School seniors are two of 16,000 students in the nation to receive semifinalist status.

    Semifinalists are chosen based on PSAT scores, a pre-SAT test taken during junior year. The students now must submit applications in hopes of moving on to the finalist stage.

  • State PTA to discuss new testing model at The PAC

    Parents and community members interested in learning about changes in public school testing will have an opportunity to look at the new system this month before scores are unveiled.

    The Kentucky PTA will present information on the new school accountability model at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The state has moved to a new model, called Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress. Scores to be released at the end of the month will differ drastically to ones presented in the past.

  • Mather honored for school library work

    T.K. Stone Middle School’s principal was recognized for her support of school libraries this week.

    Beth Mather received the Kentucky School Media Association Service Award for School Administrators on Monday at the school. Mather was nominated for the award by the school’s library media specialist, David Grossman.

  • Shifting St. James: Catholic school transitions to new building during two-week break

    St. James Regional Catholic School students will return to school Oct. 15, but they’re not returning to their long-time home near the church.

    Staff and church officials took an extended fall break to move the school into its new building on Robinbrooke Boulevard in Elizabethtown. The contents of the two former school buildings were moved this week, and Saturday saw a quieter day in the building, as teachers worked to unpack and prepare their rooms.

  • Power outage affects thousands in northern Hardin County

    Thousands of residents along U.S 31W were without electricity Tuesday evening after a likely breaker failure caused an outage.

    The power went out for Nolin RECC and Kentucky Utilities customers along the 31W corridor from the Pine Valley area in Elizabethtown all the way through Radcliff, said Vince Heuser, vice president of system operations at Nolin RECC.

    About 14,000 Nolin RECC customers and about 5,500 KU customers were affected.

    Customers lost service at about 8 p.m. and it remained out for about an hour, KU spokesperson Liz Pratt said.