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Education

  • Grade change for end-of-course exams at EHS

    A recent state requirement now matters to students at Elizabethtown High School more than ever.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board voted Monday night to change the grading policy for end-of-course exams at the high school. The tests will count for 15 percent of final grades for students, instead of the previous 10 percent.

    The exams now are required by the state in sophomore English, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history classes. Along with counting toward the students’ grades, the exams are part of annual state assessments.

  • Photo: ECTC celebrates Constitution Day
  • EIS in good position despite funding declines

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools budget shows declines in funding, but a strong savings is making up for the weak areas.

    The EIS board approved its working budget Monday night, the final step in the budgetary process. The budget showed mostly small differences from the tentative budget, which was approved in May by the board.

  • Photo: I'm thinking Lincoln
  • Young Hawks ready to help lead LCHS band

    The marching band at LaRue County High School has a lot of new faces, but new members are working to blend in with veterans.

    The Band of Hawks competed Saturday at Russellville’s Show of Bands at Russellville High School. The band worked this summer to prepare many of its members for their first high school competition.

  • HCS preschools honored for excellence

    Two Hardin County preschool classes were honored Thursday as Classrooms of Excellence by the Kentucky Department of Education.

    G.C. Burkhead and Lincoln Trail elementary schools gathered students and staff at each of their schools to celebrate the honor.

    Representatives from Hardin County Schools and Gov. Steve Beshear’s office spoke at each school.

    Superintendent Nannette Johnston said the distinction is hard to earn and goes to few classrooms in the state.

  • Radcliff playground unveiled

    Isaiah Alonso has been gone from the hallways of Radcliff Elementary School for two years, but his influence on the school remains strong.

    The new Isaiah’s Adventureland of Fun playground was unveiled Monday at Radcliff Elementary. The playground is the product of fundraising done by Isaiah’s parents. Monday was the second anniversary of Isaiah’s death at age 6.

  • St. James named National Blue Ribbon School

    A local private school has received national recognition for student performance.

    St. James Catholic Regional School in Elizabethtown on Friday was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is given to schools with high-level student performance or where significant gains have been made in student achievement. St. James is one of five private schools in Kentucky to be selected and one of 50 nationwide. A total of 269 schools in the U.S. were selected, according to an education department news release.

  • J.T. Alton receives monetary gift for engineering program

    J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove is one step closer to launching a new science and math program.

    Science Applications International Corp. announced a gift of $23,800 to J.T. Alton on Thursday in the school’s library. The money will help start a Project Lead the Way program, an engineering curriculum for middle and high school students.

    SAIC is a scientific, engineering and technology applications company, and it gave a $27,000 grant to North Hardin High School in 2010 for the same program.

  • HCS, Cecil to close sale on land

    Hardin County Schools is finalizing its purchase of land in Cecilia where the district plans to locate the replacement for Howevalley Elementary School. School district representatives and landowner Bill Cecil are closing the sale today at the law office of Skeeters, Wilson, Bennett and Pike in Radcliff, according to Cecil and attorney Don Skeeters.

    The site is being purchased for $450,000, according to a construction document for the new school.