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Education

  • Results from kindergarten screener show half of students ready for school

    Students’ educational progress now is being tracked as soon as they enter the school doors, thanks to a new state screener for public schools’ youngest members.

    Results for the first statewide kindergarten-readiness screener show about half of the state’s incoming kindergartners are prepared for that level of school work without additional support. Locally, the majority of the results for the screener are similar to Kentucky as a whole.

  • Radcliff Elementary students collect pennies for classmate

    Counting out 100 stickers served as a math lesson Friday for first-grade students in Shandis Rose’s class. The significance of the stickers and the coffee cans they covered served as a much greater lesson.

    Rose’s class at Radcliff Elementary School helped launch the Million Wishes for Sam campaign Friday by decorating coffee cans to be used to collect wishes in the form of pennies.

  • Foundation introduces Scholarship Central online

    Planning to enroll in college entails a lot of paperwork, but Central Kentucky Community Foundation is working to remove a few of the forms from the equation.

    The foundation launched Scholarship Central last week, an online portal that allows students applying for multiple foundation scholarships to avoid entering the same information multiple times.
    This is the first time CKCF scholarships are available in an online format, CKCF President and CEO Davette Swiney said.

  • Local VISTAs honor King with reading program

    To honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, local AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America gave the gift of literacy to area students.

    VISTAs visited elementary schools in the northern end of the county Friday to read to classes and supply books to students. Four VISTAs stopped by Vine Grove Elementary School in the afternoon to read to third-grade students. Nationally, VISTAs choose a community project every year to coincide with the holiday honoring King. The program was postponed last month when school was out of session because of inclement weather.

  • A cultural connection: Heartland Elementary shares with South Korean students through exchange program

    Heartland Elementary students soon will ship bits of the Bluegrass State overseas after this week receiving their own trove of culturally significant treasures from students thousands of miles away.

    Students at Heartland participated in a culture exchange with students at the UNESCO Global Peace Village in South Korea. On Thursday, Heartland students prepared a box of items that reflect Kentucky and American culture and opened a box from South Korean students.

  • EIS approves draft budget

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools officials are hoping for good news out of Frankfort now that they’ve begun the budgeting process for fiscal year 2015.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board approved the district’s draft budget at its Tuesday night meeting, after discussing it at a meeting last Thursday.

    The draft budget is the first one crafted in the budget cycle, and Finance Director Denise Morgan budgets conservatively in the beginning.

  • Webster University offers MBA program in Radcliff

    Hardin County residents have another option to further their business careers.

    The Radcliff campus of Webster University is offering a Master of Business Administration degree geared toward adult students.

    Residents have been driving to Louisville for the program, said Tammy Burke, community relations coordinator at Webster. Now, they can stay in Hardin County.

    “People have been asking for it,” Burke said.

  • Financial aid event to assist families

    The process of applying for financial assistance can require assistance in itself, which is why families turn out every year for College Goal Kentucky. 

    College Goal Kentucky, an informational session for high school students and families interested in financial aid for college, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • North Park teachers receive Classroom of Excellence awards

    Classes of Excellence

    Creekside Elementary School - Samantha Hart, Sanya Darby and Vicki York

    G.C. Burkhead Elementary School - Zola Walker, Doris Acob, Missy Hill and Justin Hornback

    Heartland Elementary School - Maryjane Boes, Stephanie Swift and Debbie Wells

    New Highland Elementary School - Joan Hill, Sherri Neese and Brenda King

  • HCS board approves draft budget

    Officials at Hardin County Schools are waiting to learn more about the state’s economic situation so they can learn more about the district’s future.

    The HCS board approved a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2015, to begin the budget cycle for the year. Gary Milby, associate superintendent for finance and support services, told board members the draft budget contains many uncertainties.

    For the plan, Milby said he essentially is using the current budget as a placeholder until more is known about the district’s financial outlook.