• Students graduate, celebrate at ECTC commencement

    Almost 200 graduates walked the line into a new phase of their lives Monday as the school year ended at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The commencement ceremony for ECTC took place at Central Hardin High School. There were 186 graduates who participated in the ceremony, of 898 students graduating from the college this year.

    David Wallace, retired chairman of Nabors Completion & Production Services Company, gave the commencement address. He is a 1974 ECTC graduate and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2010.

  • John Hardin principal to lead NKY district

    In 1995, Alvin L. Garrison began his professional teaching career at North Hardin High School and later took over as principal at John Hardin High School. In June, he steps into a new role as superintendent of Covington Independent Schools.

    Garrison, 42, said he was offered the job a week ago and reached an agreement with the school district Thursday. On Friday, he announced the news to the John Hardin faculty.

    During a special meeting Saturday morning, the Covington Board of Education voted 5-0 to hire Garrison, according to a district news release.

  • Former J.T. Alton teacher indicted on 30 charges

    A former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher was indicted on 30 charges this week stemming from allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    Anthony Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, was indicted on 14 counts of a use of a minor in a sexual performance, five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, eight counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, one count of sexual abuse and one count of tampering with physical evidence, according to the indictment.

  • ECTC student overcomes past troubles, looks to future

    When Mary Langley began her third semester of college, she had a 4.0 grade point average and appeared ready for another successful round of classes.

    But then she stopped attending. Without officially withdrawing from any of her classes, she failed them all and her GPA plummeted to a 1.7.

    “I just kind of fell off the face of the earth,” she said.

  • WKU Radcliff center to close

    Western Kentucky University programs in Radcliff are moving to other parts of the county.

    WKU’s center in Radcliff, part of the Elizabethtown-Radcliff-Fort Knox campus, is planned to close as part of budget reductions being made across the university’s programs. The reductions are part of the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, which is expected to be approved by WKU’s Board of Regents in June.

  • Report shows increase in Kentucky early ed funding

    Kentucky is one of a dozen states increasing its commitment to early childhood education and local school districts and community organizations also are investing to boost learning from birth to age 5.

    A report from the National Institute for Early Education Research revealed that Kentucky increased its spending per student in early childhood education for the 2011-2012 school year. Nationally, state funding fell by more than half a billion dollars.

  • EIS is the refrain in the ballad of Jon Ballard

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools district appeared time and again in Jon Ballard’s education career.

    Ballard’s desire to become an educator began in the hallways of Elizabethtown High School. He learned how to be a teacher in the same building. And now, it’s fitting that when he decided to lead an entire district, he will make his home at the home of the Panthers.

    Ballard was selected in April as the next EIS superintendent. He will begin the position in July after fellow Elizabethtown graduate Gary French retires.

  • Online end-of-course testing suspended in Kentucky districts

    Local school districts will be shelving computers and breaking out No. 2 pencils next week as online end-of-course testing at high schools in Kentucky has been suspended because of system issues with ACT, the testing vendor.

    Issues arose last week as schools began administering the tests, with about 25 districts encountering slow and dropped connections while testing online.

  • More than hall monitors

    Officer Roger Ramsey sat in his cruiser at 8 a.m. at the top of the Central Hardin High School parking lot. With a cup of Circle K coffee in hand, he observed as students parked and socialized before the first bell rang.

    It was a quiet April morning until Ramsey noticed Assistant Principal Mike Lawson staring at something in the parking lot.

    Speaking over a radio, Lawson informed the officer he saw a suspicious gray pick-up truck, which had been driving around the lot for several minutes without parking.

  • Testing to begin this month for local districts

    The work of students and teachers will be put to the test later this month as annual state assessments begin.

    Testing now is conducted in the last 14 days of the school year. This is the second year the state has used the K-PREP system, and while this has meant significant changes for teachers and administrators, there have been some changes for students, too.

    Along with the change in the testing window, the format of the test is slightly different than past assessments.