• ECTC, state award record number of degrees

    Kentucky had the most successful period of college attainment in its history during the past academic year.

    Kentucky residents earned about 63,000 degrees and credentials in the 2011-12 school year, a 4 percent increase from the previous year and a record number for the state, according to a news release from the Council on Postsecondary Education.

    The Kentucky Community and Technical College System conferred the most degrees, with students earning 9,503 associate degrees. That was 1,600 more than last year, an increase of 20 percent.

  • Dennis named North Hardin principal

    NorthHardin High Schoolhas named a new principal with past ties to the Trojans.

    Lonnie Dennis, principal at Vine Grove Elementary School, has been hired to take the leadership role at North Hardin. Dennis replaces Bill Dennison, who announced his retirement in April. Dennis leaves Vine Grove Elementary after 10 years.

  • ECTC, medical center break ground on Kelley Campus

    The local community college is launching a new satellite.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for Walter T. Kelley Campus, a satellite campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, was Thursday near Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield. The campus will expand class options for Grayson County students.

    Previously, Grayson County students attended class at Grayson County High School or in Elizabethtown.

  • EHS math teacher ‘goes the extra mile’ for 46 years

    Elizabethtown High School prides itself on its standard of excellence and math teacher Preston Bailey has been an embodiment of the standard.

    “Every day in the classroom for him is like the first day of teaching,” Principal Steve Smallwood said. “He always approaches it with excitement.”

    After 46 years of teaching exclusively at Elizabethtown High, Bailey is retiring.

    But his legacy will remain in the school halls and classrooms and in the minds of those who walk and learn in them.

  • Ortiz retires as CHHS principal

    Another long-time high school principal in Hardin County Schools is stepping down.

    Ron Ortiz, principal of Central Hardin High School, announced his retirement last week to staff and administrators in Hardin County Schools. Ortiz leaves after more than two decades with the school, a decade of which as principal.

    His decision comes soon after Bill Dennison, principal of North Hardin High School, retired at the end of the school year.

  • KDE implements kindergarten screener for 2013-14

    School districts across the state will learn more about their kindergarten students through a new mandated screening process.

    Students entering kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year will participate in a readiness screener to determine the level of their abilities and to give teachers an instructional starting point for each student.

    Some kindergarten students in Hardin County Schools are participating in the screener for the upcoming year, as the district is volunteering to test the process.

  • HCS mulls staff raises

    After leaving staff raises out of its draft budget, the Hardin County Schools board discussed the possibility of giving a 1 percent cost-of-living raise to employees at a special meeting Thursday.

    Despite the discussion, nothing was decided. Board members said they needed more information on the district’s financial outlook before voting.

  • Ron Ortiz retiring from CHHS

    A second high school in Hardin County Schools is searching for a new principal.

    Ron Ortiz, principal at Central Hardin High School, announced his retirement this week to CHHS staff and HCS administrators. Ortiz’s decision comes soon after Bill Dennison, principal at North Hardin High School, retired at the end of the school year.

    Ortiz has been with HCS since 1986. He was an assistant principal at the school before being named principal in 2003. He was deployed to Iraq with an Army Reserve unit, returning to his position the following year.

  • Mandated school meal price increases set for fall

    Students at most grade levels and their parents will pay more for meals when public school classes resume in August.

    The two local school districts are increasing lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year to follow new federal requirements. The school boards approved the changes at meetings this spring.

    Breakfast prices are changing, too. It is free for all students in Hardin County Schools and for preschool and kindergarten students in Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Prices for other EIS students are increasing.

  • HCS students will receive free breakfasts next year

    Students and parents who enjoyed the few weeks’ reprieve from the cost of breakfast in the morning at Hardin County Schools can continue to enjoy the break on their wallets next year, too.

    After a trial run, HCS will be offering free breakfast to all students in the upcoming school year. The district is able to offer the free meals for up to four years through the Provision Two program of the National School Lunch Act.