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Education

  • Heartland Elementary to hold playground dedication

    A playground five years in the making will be celebrated Saturday.

    Heartland Elementary School students, staff and parents will host a dedication ceremony for its new playground from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The playground was a Parent-Teacher Organization project, and the students participated in various fundraisers, said Sue Botts, a spokeswoman for the school.

    There will be a ribbon cutting followed by the students having an opportunity to play on the new equipment and enjoy cotton candy and popcorn, Botts said.

  • ECTC enrollment down slightly for fall

    The rapid uptick in student numbers at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has come to an end after enrollment peaked in 2010.

    Fall enrollment at ECTC came in at 7,616 students, according to unofficial numbers, which is a slight decrease from the enrollment figures of recent years. College officials believe a recovering economy is playing a part in moving students out of the classroom and into the workforce.

  • West Point releases EXPLORE scores

    West Point Independent School released the breakdown of its EXPLORE scores Wednesday.

    Taken by eighth-graders, the EXPLORE test is a precursor to the ACT college entrance exam and covers the same four subject areas — English, math, reading and science. The scores are used as part of the new Unbridled Learning assessment model to award schools and districts a college and career readiness score.

  • EXPLORE, PLAN show good results for most area schools

    The recent release of EXPLORE and PLAN test results show improvement in most of the local schools and include record scores for many in the area.

    The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and cover the same four subject areas — English, math, reading and science. EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and PLAN is taken by high school sophomores.

  • EXPLORE, PLAN scores

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    East Hardin Middle School

  • Historic donation to help HCS students

    An endowment from a former social worker for Hardin County Schools is planned to support students from the district with the largest philanthropic gift in the county’s history.

    The $2.42 million endowment left to Central Kentucky Community Foundation by the estate of Charley Nell Llewellyn is expected to generate about $100,000 each year to provide scholarships to students of Hardin County Schools based on need.

  • Hall appointed to state board, named VP of state FRYSC

    A local woman will be working with statewide substance abuse policy after a recent appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Leslie Hall, coordinator for the youth services center at North Hardin High School, has been appointed to serve on the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy board. The appointment is part of her new duties as vice president of the Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky.

  • Little discussion at redistricting forum

    here was little discussion at a forum for families to ask questions about a proposal for school redistricting in an Elizabethtown neighborhood.

    Hardin County Schools officials hosted a forum Friday evening to hear comments from families in the area. The district is considering redistricting some neighborhoods near the United States Postal Service in Elizabethtown and E-town Swim and Fitness in December.

  • West Point moves up in new scores

    Testing data released last week show a large transformation for West Point Independent Schools. The elementary and middle schools had some of the lowest scores in the state in certain areas last year, and now the district has been rated “distinguished.”

    These are the first results of the Unbridled Learning accountability model, the newest form of statewide school assessment.

  • Unbridled Learning data released, sets baseline for future

    The first results of the Unbridled Learning accountability model, the newest form of statewide school assessment, were unveiled and educators are happy to have the new baseline on which to build.

    The superintendents of Elizabethtown Independent Schools and Hardin County Schools found highs and lows in the results, which include many more new sets of data than the previous model, the Kentucky Core Content Testing system.