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Education

  • Districts waiting for Race to the Top funds

    Local superintendents are awaiting notification of how recently awarded federal money will be divided among Kentucky school districts.

    Kentucky received $17 million in Race to the Top money. Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania also received a portion of the $200 million that was awarded in the third round of Race to the Top.
    Kentucky originally requested $175 million.

  • Middle schoolers take victory in stock

    North Middle School this week is seeing a return on its investment in several students.

    North Middle School students placed first and second in the Take Stock in Kentucky stock market game sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

    Gloria Gayfield, Anthony Piasecki-Mullins and Joshua Riddle placed first in the game, and Samantha Heighter, Selena Pinkham and Hannah Gatrost placed second, according to the news release.

  • EIS mulls adding engineering classes at T.K. Stone

    An engineering program for middle and high school students might spread to another local school soon.

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools is contemplating adding the curriculum to the district’s middle school. The school board heard a presentation Monday on Project Lead the Way, a program that has been implemented in a few other local schools.

  • In Migrant Education Program, tutors travel, too

    Sheila Newman was bombarded by the knee-high inhabitants of the Reyeses house. Marcia, 4, and Clarita, 3, clamored around Newman, shouting “hellos” and showing off pink princess necklaces.

    Newman cooed appropriately over the plastic jewelry and walked upstairs to the kitchen.

    The house was fairly empty because the Reyeses’ still were settling in after a recent move. Little Eduardo, 1, was asleep on the couch; Joseline, 7, and Francisco, 9, were preparing for a tutoring session with Newman.

  • HCS tables drug policy decision

    The Hardin County Schools board decided to table their decision on a change to a student drug and alcohol policy until June, when the board regularly reviews policies.

    The policy change was in regards to the length of suspension students received for a first violation of the policy, which deals with students using or possessing drugs or alcohol at school or a school-related event. Currently, those students receive a 10-day suspension or five days if they receive drug counseling.

  • HCS seeking a student drug policy change from board

    Students who have violated the drug and alcohol policy at Hardin County Schools could receive a different punishment if a change is approved by the district’s Board of Education.

  • Business community asked to get involved in pre-K education

    Local community members involved in business were asked for help in expanding educational offerings for preschool-age children.

    The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, in conjunction with the North Central Education Foundation, hosted a meeting Monday  for local business leaders at Brown-Pusey House to discuss the Business Leadership Council for Pre-K.

    The council is made up of business representatives across the state who have committed themselves to advocate for education for children younger than age 5.

  • Area students sing for national concert DVD

    A musical performance at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School viewed by only a few Tuesday morning will be watched by millions this spring.

    G.C. Burkhead will be a part of the official DVD of the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month. The concert is sponsored by the National Association of Music Education and footage is aired across the country on the second Thursday of March, when children in music classes watch and sing along.

  • New program announced for early childhood education

    The very youngest in the community will benefit from a new collaboration of several organizations.

    North Central Education Foundation, PNC Foundation and Hardin County Schools announced a grant to create an early childhood education program that will offer summer services to families and day cares.

  • Dile recognized for work in developmental education

    Beverly Dile has spent a good part of her life dedicated to the service of students who need an extra boost when transitioning to a higher-learning institution.

    And her work is gaining statewide attention.

    Dile, coordinator of the developmental education department at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, was recognized last month, receiving the Belva Sammons Award for Distinguished Service from the Kentucky Association of Developmental Education. Dile was nominated by her department.