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Education

  • Medal of Honor recipient visits Fort Knox High School

    A recipient of the highest military award given by the United States government shared his less-than-award-winning moments Thursday with students at Fort Knox High School.

    Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, a Medal of Honor recipient, visited the post school to speak to the entire student body as well as visit with JROTC members. Patterson encouraged students to stay in school and avoid the “stupid things” he had done in his life.

  • Testing transition ends with mixed results

    The last year of data before a new Kentucky testing system is put in place was released today, with local schools showing a mixed bag of improvements and declines in scores.

    Senate Bill 1, passed in 2009, put in action a new accountability system that begins this school year. The data released since the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System ended has been a transition between CATS and the new system.

    For 2011 KCCT results, more local schools improve in the writing on-demand portion than any other area, while reading was the subject in which scores dipped.

  • St. James Jumping Knights opening up clinics

    A school club hopes others jump on board with their new community offering.

    The St. James Jumping Knights, a jump rope club at the school, hosts its first jump rope clinic Wednesday for Heartland Elementary School students. Club Sponsor Kelly Hamlin hopes to spread the fun and healthy activity to as many schools as she can.

    The club started five years ago after Hamlin viewed a jump rope program on YouTube. She thought it would be something positive for her daughter and other students.

  • State struggles with federal education guidelines

    Only six of 29 local schools made Adequate Yearly Progress according to recently released No Child Left Behind data, but they’re in good company. About 90 percent of Kentucky schools didn’t make AYP, according to Mark Kopp, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction services with Hardin County Schools.

  • EIS approves KSBN agreement

    Fans of Elizabethtown Independent Schools sports and events soon will be able to tune into district events from anywhere in the world.

    The EIS board approved an agreement with the Kentucky Sports Broadcasting Network at a special meeting Thursday.

    The agreement will allow the network to stream sporting events and other school activities live on the Internet.

    The network is the brainchild of Gary Franklin and Steve Ballard.

  • EIS considers offer from KSBN

    An opportunity for Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ events to be seen by a larger audience comes before the school board tonight.

    EIS could vote to allow Kentucky Sports Broadcasting Network to begin live streaming sporting events and other activities in the schools over the Internet. The board was presented with the proposal at Monday’s regular meeting and decided to table the decision until a special meeting at 7 p.m. today.

  • Teaching for the top: LCHS instructor says profession is her 'calling'

    A LaRue County teacher has received state recognition for her efforts in the classroom.

    Summer Garris, an English teacher at LaRue County High School, is one of 24 recipients of the 2012 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards.

    Teachers selected from across the state receive cash awards and certificates. From the 24, an elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year is chosen. From those three one will be named Teacher of the Year.

  • EIS approves $24 million budget

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ budget has grown slightly this year from last year, after the district expected a slight downfall in revenue.

    Teachers will receive a 1 percent pay raise to the salary schedule in this working budget approved at the school board's regular meeting Monday night.

  • FRYSC celebrates 20 years in state education

    A vital program in public school education celebrated two decades of service.

    The Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in Hardin County Schools celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the centers through the Kentucky Education Reform Act on Monday at John Hardin High School. The law was passed in 1990 and the centers were put in place the following year.

  • Three superintendents discuss money struggles

    Managing a school district budget is like a “juggling act” for local superintendents as they deal with state and federal shortfalls.

    Superintendents from Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Hardin County Schools and West Point Independent Schools met Tuesday night with the League of Women Voters at the Brown-Pusey House to discuss the impact of state and federal budgets on local school districts. Each spoke of the “juggling act” that preparing a district budget can be and ways they’ve made it work.