• North Park teachers honored at Classroom of Excellence ceremony

    Much appreciation and gratitude were expressed for the work of Lori Allen and Emily Wilcoxson on Thursday, but none of it was said better than by the students in the teachers’ classrooms.

    In a video, students shared Allen was “fun and funny,” “the best teacher ever,” and Wilcoxson’s students find her “awesome and cute.”

  • HCS re-bids Burkhead project

    Higher-than-expected construction costs caused the Hardin County Schools board to make adjustments to its replacement building plan for G.C. Burkhead Elementary School and seek new proposals.

    The board voted Tuesday to re-bid construction of the project after reviewing the first bid submissions. The board also voted to revise the project’s construction documents by trimming multiple items.

  • JHHS to host prom fashion show

    Students still searching for that perfect prom dress can find ideas at this weekend’s prom fashion show. John Hardin High School students will host a prom fashion show and dinner Saturday at the high school.

    The dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the fashion show, featuring formal wear for men and women, at 7 p.m. Geno’s Formal Affair and Bridal Warehouse supply gowns and tuxedos to be modeled by John Hardin students, and multiple salons provide hair and make-up services for the students.

  • 2014 HCS ExCEL AWARD WINNER: Wilkerson honored for commitment to education

    The ExCEL ceremony for Crystal Wilkerson was a vocabulary lesson of wonderful traits the G.C. Burkhead Elementary School teacher possesses. Former and current students and staff, in a video and in person, held up cards with words such as “enthusiastic” and “compassionate” to describe the fifth grade teacher.

    Michelle Richardson, a fellow fifth grade teacher, had the last word, and it was one she didn’t use casually, she said. Richardson called Wilkerson a “friend,” to her students and colleagues.

  • HMH, county schools announce partnership for career programs

    Hardin County Schools is continuing to bolster its list of community partners interested in providing workplace experience to students.

    HCS and Hardin Memorial Health officials announced a partnership Monday that will allow students in the Early College and Career Center to work clinical hours and participate in internships at the hospital during their senior year.

    The partnership will allow HCS students to work in their chosen fields before graduating. HMH officials hope it will encourage students to return to the hospital to begin their careers.

  • Teacher develops Preschool Scientist of the Week

    Preschool students at Heartland Elementary School and their families are learning science lessons at home.

    Monica Bybee, a preschool teacher at Heartland, started an initiative called Preschool Scientist of the Week, in which students and their families perform an experiment at home and report the results during class.

    Bybee wanted to give students more opportunities to perform science experiments, especially because these are their earliest experiences in education.

  • Facing enrollment decline, HCS plans for reduced money for staffing

    Staffing levels expected for the upcoming school year show Hardin County Schools officials are preparing for fewer students.

    The HCS board approved Thursday tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, allocations show a loss of money for positions at almost every school.

    The board must distribute money to each school for faculty salaries, and schools must receive a definite allocation of resources by May.

  • EIS expects same staffing levels next year

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ staffing level is expected to remain steady for the upcoming school year.

    The EIS board Tuesday night approved tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year and a new policy to determine staffing levels.

    Staffing levels will remain unchanged for the most part, with the exception of an instructional aid position that will be eliminated from each school.

  • Test results show progress, improvement areas for schools

    Results of the 2013-14 EXPLORE and PLAN tests show varied outcomes for local schools. Some scores increasing in most tested subjects, while others dipped from last year.

    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. The EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and the PLAN is taken by high school sophomores.

  • Club offers GEMS of knowledge

    Marshmallows and toothpicks aren’t commonly regarded as school supplies, but they’re not often thought of as building materials, either. The girls of GEMS can shake those misconceptions on both counts.

    Jessica Russo, a teacher at New Highland Elementary School, started a Girls Excelling in Math and Science club this year to encourage girls to enter career fields that rely on math and science skills. Russo hopes to use her platform as Mrs. Kentucky International to promote this type of education initiative for female students.