• 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.

  • ACT glitch causes testing problems

    End-of-course exams begin soon in local school districts and with some trepidation, as districts around the state ran into a glitch in the online testing system.

  • HCS fosters physical fitness

    Elementary students across Hardin County Schools put their fitness skills to the test Wednesday.

    The annual Physical Fitness Test for elementary school students in Hardin County Schools was at John Hardin High School. Teams from the schools participated in a variety of activities, such as long jump and situps. The overall winner this year was Lakewood Elementary School.

  • T.K. Stone student facing charges over false report

    A student faces charges and a suspension after falsely reporting seeing someone with a gun at a local middle school Wednesday morning.

  • HCS offers counseling service to parents, children

    Hardin County Schools is hoping to address some school-related issues by targeting relationships in the home.

    HCS has started a Student/Parenting Counseling Program open to all county residents. The district likely will begin its next six-week stint of sessions in the summer.

  • U of L heads to national bridge-building competition with help from ECTC

    From building a bridge, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the University of Louisville also forged a partnership.

    U of L students are headed to the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Washington on May 31 after winning a regional competition with the help of students and faculty at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.