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Education

  • Seventh-graders honored for ACT, SAT scores

    Hardin County students were among about 400 seventh-graders from across the state honored Friday at Western Kentucky University for scoring at or above the average for college-bound seniors on at least one section of the college-ready ACT or SAT.

    The students attended the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program at WKU hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies.

  • EIS budget shows increase from draft version

    Like Hardin County Schools, Elizabethtown Independent Schools is bracing for less state money, but the district’s tentative budget showed some improvements from a draft version.

    The EIS board approved its tentative budget Monday, the second step in a three-phase budgeting process. The district has budgeted for approximately $18.5 million in its general fund, a slight increase from what officials expected when making the draft budget. That version included about $18.1 million in the general fund.

  • Two local students named National Merit Scholars

    Two local students received national scholarships for their academic performance in high school.

    Rebecca Hinkle and Thomas Kirkpatrick received National Merit Scholarships for their upcoming freshman year of college.

    Hinkle, a senior at Elizabethtown High School, received a scholarship from the National Merit organization itself, while Kirkpatrick, a homeschooled student from Eastview, received a college-sponsored Merit scholarship.

  • HCS will provide services for deaf, hard-of-hearing beyond county lines

    Hardin County Schools is branching out beyond county lines to help students in neighboring communities.

    HCS plans to provide services catering to hearing-impaired students for nearby districts that can’t. The board recently approved a contract for Bullitt, Nelson, Breckinridge, LaRue and Grayson counties. Districts in those counties already have an agreement with HCS permitting students to attend out-of-district schools.

    HCS also can work with other districts interested in the services, said HCS Community Relations Director John Wright.

  • Two EIS leaders take new posts

    The district office at Elizabethtown Independent Schools is undergoing some changes.

    Karen Branham is moving from her position as assistant superintendent for instruction at EIS and is moving to a similar position at Jefferson County Public Schools. Kelli Bush, principal of Morningside Elementary School, is taking Branham’s position at EIS Central Office.

  • Filling in the gaps: Substitute teachers find variety of ways into field

    As the last local school sets to embark on summer break, substitute teachers and full-time staff step back to enjoy a break before the August start date nears.

    With teachers in local districts receiving three personal days and 10 sick days a year, substitute teachers are called on every day to fill in gaps. Subs get into the line of work for a multitude of reasons, but typically stay for one common one: They enjoy time with students.

  • North Hardin tracksters overcome hurdle

    The students’ attire said everything about what the day ahead would be like for them. They wore their Trojan blue caps and gowns, ready to walk the line, but underneath, instead of dresses and ties, they had on track uniforms and warm-up gear. Graduation was just the beginning of their day.

    North Hardin High School hosted a special graduation ceremony Saturday morning for six students who missed the main ceremony for the state track competition, both of which were held Saturday night.

  • Photo: School’s out for summer
  • Photo: Central Hardin High School graduation
  • HCS, KDE seek discipline parity

    Hardin County Schools is working with the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure fairness in student discipline.

    The HCS board approved an agreement with the Department of Education to implement a plan concerning discipline after the district, along with nine others, was called out by the Children’s Law Center for disparate numbers of suspensions among black students and students with disabilities.