• HCS board approves schematic for new G.C. Burkhead

    The Hardin County Schools Board of Education approved a floor plan drawing Thursday evening for the new G.C. Burkhead Elementary School building during a meeting at the central office.

    The schematic, presented by Murphy Graves Architects, calls for a one-story building that will encompass nearly 84,000 square feet. The new school will be at 1323 St. John Road in Elizabethtown.

    With the board’s assent, the floor plan goes to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval.

  • HCS board gives Johnston high marks
  • Thomas resigns as New Highland principal

    Mark Thomas, former principal of New Highland Elementary School, has tendered a resignation from the position. Thomas was removed from the post in mid-May after being suspended with pay during a district investigation into alleged wrongdoing.

    Hardin County Schools was involved in “administrative adjudication” with Thomas as of June 6, according to a letter to The News-Enterprise from the law office of Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Pike.

    John Wright, HCS spokesman, said the issue has yet to be fully resolved.

  • Districts plan pilot of new faculty evaluations

    Local school districts are preparing to pilot a new evaluation system for teachers and principals in the next school year, a system which will be included in the state accountability model that monitors the success of districts.

    The effort, known as Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, was created through House Bill 180, which was signed in April by Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • Donation pays for HCS teaching training

    The partnership between Hardin County Schools and Science Applications International Corp. continued Monday with another gift from the company to the district.

    HCS received $8,000 from Science Applications International Corp. on Monday, the latest in a series of financial gifts between the company and the school district.

  • ECTC changes orientation process for new students

    The local community college is working to ease the transition for new students.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College unveiled a new orientation program for incoming students this summer, to streamline the process and make it a more personal experience for students.

  • SAIC to present check to HCS
  • Children's fair is Saturday

    There may not be any such thing as a free lunch, but for this weekend, there’s definitely such a thing as a free fair.

    The 18th annual Children’s Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Freeman Lake Park. The fair is free for families and offers games, prizes and entertainment for children ages 1 to 12.

  • Innovative inventors: Students learn science, geography, entrepreneurship in hands-on setting

    Kids tearing apart household items and creating catapults sounds like a nightmarish summer day for an average parent, but it’s just all in good educational fun at a summer camp.

    The annual Camp Invention is running this week at Meadow View Elementary School. The camp, for elementary and incoming middle school students, gives attendees a week of hands-on activities that cover a variety of subjects such as science, geography and entrepreneurship. The catapult, for instance, is a physics lesson wrapped up in cardboard, tape and a variety of other materials.

  • Mentoring program expanding in HCS

    A mentoring program in Hardin County Schools is expanding in the hope of encouraging children to perform to the best of their ability, set goals and have high self-esteem.

    The program, One Hour Revolution, was established by two AmeriCorps VISTAs working through United Way of Central Kentucky.

    It connects children for one hour each week during the school year each with their own mentor who shares similar interests or complimentary needs or personalities.