• Innovative inventors: Students learn science, geography, entrepreneurship in hands-on setting

    Kids tearing apart household items and creating catapults sounds like a nightmarish summer day for an average parent, but it’s just all in good educational fun at a summer camp.

    The annual Camp Invention is running this week at Meadow View Elementary School. The camp, for elementary and incoming middle school students, gives attendees a week of hands-on activities that cover a variety of subjects such as science, geography and entrepreneurship. The catapult, for instance, is a physics lesson wrapped up in cardboard, tape and a variety of other materials.

  • Mentoring program expanding in HCS

    A mentoring program in Hardin County Schools is expanding in the hope of encouraging children to perform to the best of their ability, set goals and have high self-esteem.

    The program, One Hour Revolution, was established by two AmeriCorps VISTAs working through United Way of Central Kentucky.

    It connects children for one hour each week during the school year each with their own mentor who shares similar interests or complimentary needs or personalities.

  • Ballard receives four-year contract with EIS

    The employment contract for Jon Ballard reveals typical benefits for the position and a slightly less-than-average salary, compared to others in the state.

    Ballard, the next superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, entered into a four-year contract with the EIS board when he was hired last month in the position.

    His contract begins July 1 and will run through the end of June 2017. Ballard will receive $115,000 as his base salary and will receive the same raises based on percentage of income that other certified staff receives.

  • Celebrating with service: Belk volunteers help at Helmwood Heights for company's 125th anniversary

    A local department store spruced up an elementary school in Elizabethtown as an anniversary present to the community.

    Volunteers from Belk in Elizabethtown and Hands On Nashville, an agency that coordinates volunteerism projects, offered their time and services Monday to Helmwood Heights Elementary School. The volunteer project is part of Belk’s 125 Days of Service, a celebration of the department store’s 125th anniversary.

  • Lynne Gibson named John Hardin principal

    The new principal at John Hardin High School is a familiar face to the school’s staff and students.

    Lynne Gibson, an assistant principal at John Hardin, replaces Alvin Garrison. Garrison is leaving at the end of the month to take over as superintendent at Covington Independent Schools.

    Gibson was one of the first teachers hired at the school when it opened in 2001, and said, “my heart and my soul is in this school.”

    “There’s nowhere I’d rather be, nothing I’d rather be doing,” she said.

  • Fitness pilot program to begin at local school

    Through a new collaboration with Project Fit America, Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation is launching an enhanced health and physical fitness pilot program this fall at Lakewood Elementary School.

    Project Fit is a nonprofit organization that donates to schools, grades K to 12, to assist in the development of cardiovascular health and physical fitness programs, according to its website.

  • HCS expands lunch program to Burkhead

    Just because many children are home for the day during the summer doesn’t mean that lunch has to just be a peanut butter sandwich.

    The Summer Feeding Program at Hardin County Schools is underway and has a new expanded presence in the community. This year’s program, which allows all children 18 and younger to eat for free during the summer, has a site at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School.

  • LCHS begins search for new principal

    In the wake of the resignation of LaRue County High School Principal Paul Mullins, the school’s site-based decision-making council is “left with the difficult task of replacing” him, said council member and teacher Justin Craft.

    Mullins, after eight years at the helm of LCHS, has accepted a position as superintendent of schools in Garrard County.

    At its last meeting, the council approved an online survey to gather information from the community on “what qualities it wants in our next principal at LCHS.”

  • HCS starts summer program for middle school students

    Learning continues throughout this summer as Hardin County Schools opens more pathways to get students to graduation day.

    HCS has started a summer school program for middle school students this year. It began Monday with more than 60 middle and high school students.

  • Hiring process underway for vacant HCS principal positions

    Summer is the season of hiring for school districts, and Hardin County Schools has two leadership positions to fill in coming months.

    HCS is in the process of searching for two principals this summer. The vacancy at John Hardin High School should be filled soon, and the hiring process for the principal at New Highland Elementary School is beginning.

    Interviews for the new principal at John Hardin are taking place this week, said John Wright, HCS community relations director. A replacement could be named by next week, he said.