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Education

  • EHS math teacher ‘goes the extra mile’ for 46 years

    Elizabethtown High School prides itself on its standard of excellence and math teacher Preston Bailey has been an embodiment of the standard.

    “Every day in the classroom for him is like the first day of teaching,” Principal Steve Smallwood said. “He always approaches it with excitement.”

    After 46 years of teaching exclusively at Elizabethtown High, Bailey is retiring.

    But his legacy will remain in the school halls and classrooms and in the minds of those who walk and learn in them.

  • Ortiz retires as CHHS principal

    Another long-time high school principal in Hardin County Schools is stepping down.

    Ron Ortiz, principal of Central Hardin High School, announced his retirement last week to staff and administrators in Hardin County Schools. Ortiz leaves after more than two decades with the school, a decade of which as principal.

    His decision comes soon after Bill Dennison, principal of North Hardin High School, retired at the end of the school year.

  • KDE implements kindergarten screener for 2013-14

    School districts across the state will learn more about their kindergarten students through a new mandated screening process.

    Students entering kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year will participate in a readiness screener to determine the level of their abilities and to give teachers an instructional starting point for each student.

    Some kindergarten students in Hardin County Schools are participating in the screener for the upcoming year, as the district is volunteering to test the process.

  • HCS mulls staff raises

    After leaving staff raises out of its draft budget, the Hardin County Schools board discussed the possibility of giving a 1 percent cost-of-living raise to employees at a special meeting Thursday.

    Despite the discussion, nothing was decided. Board members said they needed more information on the district’s financial outlook before voting.

  • Ron Ortiz retiring from CHHS

    A second high school in Hardin County Schools is searching for a new principal.

    Ron Ortiz, principal at Central Hardin High School, announced his retirement this week to CHHS staff and HCS administrators. Ortiz’s decision comes soon after Bill Dennison, principal at North Hardin High School, retired at the end of the school year.

    Ortiz has been with HCS since 1986. He was an assistant principal at the school before being named principal in 2003. He was deployed to Iraq with an Army Reserve unit, returning to his position the following year.

  • Mandated school meal price increases set for fall

    Students at most grade levels and their parents will pay more for meals when public school classes resume in August.

    The two local school districts are increasing lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year to follow new federal requirements. The school boards approved the changes at meetings this spring.

    Breakfast prices are changing, too. It is free for all students in Hardin County Schools and for preschool and kindergarten students in Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Prices for other EIS students are increasing.

  • HCS students will receive free breakfasts next year

    Students and parents who enjoyed the few weeks’ reprieve from the cost of breakfast in the morning at Hardin County Schools can continue to enjoy the break on their wallets next year, too.

    After a trial run, HCS will be offering free breakfast to all students in the upcoming school year. The district is able to offer the free meals for up to four years through the Provision Two program of the National School Lunch Act.

  • Local schools win journalism honors

    The work of students from all three Hardin County Schools’ high schools was recognized in the Kentucky High School Journalism Association’s 2011-12 contest.

    Displaying a comic-book style, John Hardin won the general excellence award in recognition of the state’s best yearbook. North Hardin High School students placed third in  newspaper and yearbook categories. Members of Central Hardin’s student newspaper staff earned four honors.

  • 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.