• After three-plus decades, French retires as EIS superintendent

    Dictionary definitions of the word “superintendent” lead to one simple but vague description — the person in charge. The superintendent of a school district does not oversee any one particular thing but ultimately is responsible for it all.

    Michelle Hart says Gary French often would puzzle at the amorphous job he was in and claim he didn’t really know what it meant to be superintendent.

    “But whatever it is, he does it so well,” Hart said.

  • Lewis named HCS director of student services

    With years of experience as an assistant principal and principal behind him, Bryan Lewis is moving into a position where he will influence a wider net of students.

    Lewis, principal at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School, has been named director of student services for Hardin County Schools. He replaces Chris Reed, who assumes the role of associate superintendent for human resources next week.

    The selection is effective Monday, though Lewis is out of town next week because of prior engagements.

  • 'Don’t Miss the Bus' depends on donations

    While making a yearly list of school supplies, Hardin County residents are asked to include extra pens and paper to help students in need.

    Bluegrass Cellular is hosting the third annual Don’t Miss the Bus school supply drive. Along with partners WQXE-FM, WULF-FM and Hardin County Schools, the cellphone service provider will collect school supplies for the Family Resource Centers in HCS, Elizabethtown Independent Schools and Fort Knox Child, Youth and School Services districts.

  • HCS board now one of 54 districts raising dropout age

    Hardin County Schools joined two other local districts in the decision to require students to attend school until age 18.

    Voting on Wednesday, the HCS board set the compulsory attendance age at 18. Elizabethtown Independent Schools and LaRue County Schools changed their policies Tuesday.

    The three districts weren’t alone in the state. By Wednesday afternoon, 54 districts voted to change their dropout age, spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez said.  

  • Dropout age going up

    Students at two local districts will be required to attend school until age 18 after the boards for both districts approved the change Tuesday.

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools and LaRue County Schools boards voted, both unanimously, to raise the compulsory age of attendance to 18, up from 16, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. EIS board members Teresa Harris and Guy Wallace weren’t in attendance at the 7:30 a.m. meeting.

  • Students practice fine points of leadership

    To combat the two-month summer break, a local camp is bringing lessons in leadership to students outside the school year.

    Participants are picking up skills this week at Junior Leadership Corps camp at Brown Street Alternative Education Center in Vine Grove. The camp, which began last week, is part of the leadership program offered at North and J.T. Alton middle schools and engages students in lessons such as handling peer pressure.

  • Local districts to discuss raising school attendance age

    Three local school districts are expected to vote this week to raise compulsory attendance age in area schools to 18, which means no one younger legally could drop out.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board will meet at 7:30 a.m. today to discuss and possibly vote on the issue. The LaRue County Schools board plans to meet at 1:30 p.m. today on the same issue and the Hardin County Schools board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Each of the meetings will take place in the Central Office of each district.

  • HCS board approves schematic for new G.C. Burkhead

    The Hardin County Schools Board of Education approved a floor plan drawing Thursday evening for the new G.C. Burkhead Elementary School building during a meeting at the central office.

    The schematic, presented by Murphy Graves Architects, calls for a one-story building that will encompass nearly 84,000 square feet. The new school will be at 1323 St. John Road in Elizabethtown.

    With the board’s assent, the floor plan goes to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval.

  • HCS board gives Johnston high marks
  • Thomas resigns as New Highland principal

    Mark Thomas, former principal of New Highland Elementary School, has tendered a resignation from the position. Thomas was removed from the post in mid-May after being suspended with pay during a district investigation into alleged wrongdoing.

    Hardin County Schools was involved in “administrative adjudication” with Thomas as of June 6, according to a letter to The News-Enterprise from the law office of Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Pike.

    John Wright, HCS spokesman, said the issue has yet to be fully resolved.