• Gott to lead national consortium

    An area educator has stepped into the national education arena.

    Tim Gott, former principal at Morningside Elementary School and director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, has been elected president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

    Gott, who began the role last week, has been a member of the consortium’s  board for four years. The group assisted in creating the Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University.

  • Bell receives state award for math education

    Math education at Helmwood Heights Elementary School was highlighted with recognition of the teaching techniques of one of its educators.

    Mary Bell, a third-grade teacher at Helmwood, received a Mathematics Education Service and Achievement award from the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Bell was one three teachers in the state to receive the award.

    She was nominated by Jane Hunt, who worked at Helmwood last year as a math coach. Hunt worked with each teacher on new math standards implemented in the state.

  • EIS approves drawings for T.K. Stone pool

    Swimmers in Elizabethtown Independent Schools could be in a newly renovated facility by next year.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board unanimously approved final drawings and updated construction documents for the renovation of the pool at T.K. Stone Middle School at the board’s regular Monday meeting.

    The district hopes to have the new pool facility completed by the beginning of the next swim season in the fall, said Nate Huggins, associate superintendent for student and support services.

  • Class offers real-world application

    When Joe Harmon needed to launch a new website for his business, he knew just where to go to have it designed — a classroom at North Hardin High School.

    E’town Electronics, soon to be 911 Express Tech, has partnered with students at North Hardin by asking them to create a website for the business, which is in the middle of rebranding. Students in a website management class are competing to create the business’s new site.

  • Community works to Get Ready! for early childhood education

    The summer is long to a 3-year-old, especially when leaving the confines of a scheduled day at preschool to the endless stretches of time at home.

    But a camp that could serve infants, 5-year-olds and everyone in between seemed difficult to pull off, Tracie Dupin recalled thinking when she heard of the new Get Ready! Camp. And that was before she saw the camp was not in classrooms, but in the cafeteria at Central Hardin High School.

    “Then I was really puzzled at how all of this was going to work,” she said.

  • HCS to celebrate schools, Education Week at mall

    Before holiday shopping gets in full swing, Hardin County Schools is using the local mall for a holiday of its own.

    HCS will recognize American Education Week by hosting a celebration of its schools and students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.

    Several schools will have displays for viewing and students from various schools will perform.

    The district has hosted the event for decades, Community Relations Director John Wright said.

  • John Hardin High School's Garrison selected for state superintendent training

    The principal of John Hardin High School is supplementing his leadership experience with a program that includes an out-of-district internship.

    Alvin Garrison has been selected to participate in the Minority Superintendent Internship Program, which trains educators from ethnic minorities who might be candidates for future superintendent positions.

  • 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.