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Education

  • School renovations near completion

    For some schools, preparing for the first day has entailed more than waxing floors and hanging posters.

    Renovation of Vine Grove Elementary School is nearing completion and construction crews are working to get the building ready by Aug. 8.

    Teachers can enter the building and begin readying their classrooms Thursday, Principal Greg Sutton said. That date is ahead of the original schedule.

    That night, the open house for parents and students is at Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove.

  • HCS discusses tax rate

    Most members of Hardin County Schools’ board do not want to raise the school tax rate this year, a fact made clear during a discussion of the rate at a special meeting Monday at the district’s central office. The board discussed how to advertise for the upcoming meeting, when they will vote on the rate.

  • HCS board to meet on taxes

    Hardin County Schools is hosting a special meeting to discuss the tax rate.

    The meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the district’s central office on W.A. Jenkins Road across from New Highland Elementary.

  • Community helps families with school supply needs

    While local students will begin their lessons in August, parents are getting economics lessons in July.

    Americans are expected to spend almost $84 billion this year sending their children back to school, making it the second-largest spending period behind winter holidays, according to a news release from the National Retail Federation. And just like the holidays, some families need assistance in meeting all of their needs.

  • Early Childhood Council receives state grant money

    The Hardin County Early Childhood Council was one of 21 to receive state money to pursue projects for children ages birth to 5.

    The local group, which applied for the grant, received $25,000 through the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, part of almost $600,000 distributed around the state to Community Early Childhood Councils.

    Hardin County’s council is composed of professionals in fields such as preschool and child care.

  • E’town schools to display completed construction projects at open houses

    New building projects for Elizabethtown Independent Schools will be on display next week for those curious to see the results.

    An open house for community members to view newly renovated Helmwood Heights Elementary School and recently built Panther Academy will take place from 5:30-7 p.m Tuesday at the schools.

    Superintendent Gary French said district officials decided to host the open houses because of interest expressed in seeing the buildings.

  • Vine Grove again names new principal

    Vine Grove Elementary School is ready for a new school year with a new leader.

    Greg Sutton, who worked as assistant principal at J.T. Alton Middle School, has been hired as principal of Vine Grove Elementary.

    Sutton replaces Lonnie Dennis, who was hired as principal at North Hardin High School. Carlena Sheeran originally was selected to replace Dennis but later decided to remain in her position as director of early childhood education.

  • HCS taps 8 for its 2012 Distinguished Alumni class

    Hardin County Schools will recognize its newest class of Distinguished Alumni at an Aug. 30 luncheon at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    The group includes several members of the military, two journalists and health care workers.

    Candidates are chosen through an online nomination process, and a three-member committee sifts through forms to choose honorees, HCS spokesman John Wright said.

  • Atria sponsoring school supply drive

    A group of senior citizens are showing their concern for school-age children through an upcoming school supply drive.

    Atria Senior Living is sponsoring a school supply drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the assisted living facility in Elizabethtown. Items will go to students in Hardin County.

    An employee at Atria recently toured some of the schools as part of a leadership program, Atria Executive Director Cindy Bratcher said. She made Atria administrators aware of the need students have for supplies.

  • HCS nets $1 million in debt service savings

    Hardin County Schools recently saved more than $1 million on debt service after selling bonds this month.

    The district approved refunding bonds in February and decided to wait for an opportune time to sell. The decision to wait proved to be a good one, as the district saved about $1.1 million instead of the $863,000 estimated in February.