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Education

  • College degrees, certificates up in Kentucky

    More people are earning degrees from Kentucky colleges and universities, a recent preliminary report by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows.

    Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities granted 63,148 degrees and credentials during the 2013-14 academic year. These numbers represent an annual increase of 1.2 percent and a 10-year increase of 60 percent.

  • Superintendent visits China, admires high value in education

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston got a first-hand look into the Chinese education system this month as she took part in an experience she said she’ll never forget.

  • Future problem solvers

    This week, 54 students from 11 schools are practicing innovation and problem solving.

    For the past 10 summers, schools in Hardin County have conducted Camp Invention for area children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The students give up one week of their break to spend learning with curriculum based around science, math and problem solving.

    “It encourages them to think outside the box,” Camp Director Carla D’Alessio said.

  • McKendree University celebrates 40 years in Kentucky

    The oldest college in Illinois, McKendree University, is hosting an open house in Radcliff to celebrate its 40 years of classes locally.

    With evening classes geared toward adults, McKendree began offering courses in Kentucky to serve the military population.

  • Kids College leads children to potential career fields

    For the seventh year, Eliza­beth­town Community and Tech­nical College is allowing kids to get a head start on their careers this summer with Kids College.

    Children in grades one through nine can enroll in a variety of classes offered at the Elizabethtown, Leitchfield and Springfield campuses.

    The Elizabethtown classes include Beginning Robotics; Inter­mediate Robotics; Forensic Science; Archery; Success Skills for Life; and Science: Lift It, Drop It, Shake It, Zap It, Blow It Up, Eat It. The cost for enrollment in each class is $99.

  • T.K. Stone pool renovations nearing completion

    The T.K. Stone Middle School pool renovation project still is underway despite a delay in completion.

    The project, originally scheduled for completion for the 2013-14 swim season, is now set to be finished before the 2014-15 season begins. The renovation has included a building expansion, expanding the pool from six lanes to eight, moving locker rooms upstairs, adding bathrooms to the first floor and building an enclosed walkway connecting the pool and the gymnasium.

  • KCTCS raises in-state tuition 2.08 percent

    Kentucky Community and Technical College Syst­em’s board of regents appro­ved a 2014-2015 budget of $924,117,500, which includes a 2.08 percent in-state tuition increase.

    Tuition will increase from $144 per credit hour to $147. Out-of-state tuition rates will rise to $294 per credit hour for students from counties contiguous to Kentucky and $515 for all other out-of-state students.

  • Central Hardin teacher relocating to become principal

    A Central Hardin High School chemistry teacher has been named principal of Old Kentucky Home Middle School in Bardstown.

    Jesse Simpson, who is originally from Chaplin in Nelson County, will become the school’s new principal for the 2014-2015 school year following a unanimous vote Monday afternoon by the school’s site-based council.

  • Teachers, administrators face challenges from extended school year

    For each weather cancellation day over the winter, students and school officials knew a make-up day for instruction was ahead.

    During the 2013-14 school year, Hardin County Schools missed 14 days and Elizabethtown Independent Schools missed nine days. Though both districts completed the school year the week of June 2, there were some challenges throughout the year educators faced because of an abundance of winter weather and cancellations.

    Keeping students focused in school when the weather struck was one.

  • EIS superintendent reviews first year on job

    With 27 years in education at three school districts and numerous positions, Jon Ballard has worn several hats throughout his career.

    Now, with a year of leading an entire school district, Ballard hopes and plans to stick around as superintendent for Elizabethtown Independent Schools a while longer.

    Upon being hired as superintendent in April 2013, Ballard immediately began working, though not officially starting his contract until July 1, following Gary French’s retirement. Ballard created strategies for his first year from the beginning.