• Two local students named National Merit Scholars

    Two local students received national scholarships for their academic performance in high school.

    Rebecca Hinkle and Thomas Kirkpatrick received National Merit Scholarships for their upcoming freshman year of college.

    Hinkle, a senior at Elizabethtown High School, received a scholarship from the National Merit organization itself, while Kirkpatrick, a homeschooled student from Eastview, received a college-sponsored Merit scholarship.

  • HCS will provide services for deaf, hard-of-hearing beyond county lines

    Hardin County Schools is branching out beyond county lines to help students in neighboring communities.

    HCS plans to provide services catering to hearing-impaired students for nearby districts that can’t. The board recently approved a contract for Bullitt, Nelson, Breckinridge, LaRue and Grayson counties. Districts in those counties already have an agreement with HCS permitting students to attend out-of-district schools.

    HCS also can work with other districts interested in the services, said HCS Community Relations Director John Wright.

  • Two EIS leaders take new posts

    The district office at Elizabethtown Independent Schools is undergoing some changes.

    Karen Branham is moving from her position as assistant superintendent for instruction at EIS and is moving to a similar position at Jefferson County Public Schools. Kelli Bush, principal of Morningside Elementary School, is taking Branham’s position at EIS Central Office.

  • Filling in the gaps: Substitute teachers find variety of ways into field

    As the last local school sets to embark on summer break, substitute teachers and full-time staff step back to enjoy a break before the August start date nears.

    With teachers in local districts receiving three personal days and 10 sick days a year, substitute teachers are called on every day to fill in gaps. Subs get into the line of work for a multitude of reasons, but typically stay for one common one: They enjoy time with students.

  • North Hardin tracksters overcome hurdle

    The students’ attire said everything about what the day ahead would be like for them. They wore their Trojan blue caps and gowns, ready to walk the line, but underneath, instead of dresses and ties, they had on track uniforms and warm-up gear. Graduation was just the beginning of their day.

    North Hardin High School hosted a special graduation ceremony Saturday morning for six students who missed the main ceremony for the state track competition, both of which were held Saturday night.

  • Photo: School’s out for summer
  • Photo: Central Hardin High School graduation
  • HCS, KDE seek discipline parity

    Hardin County Schools is working with the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure fairness in student discipline.

    The HCS board approved an agreement with the Department of Education to implement a plan concerning discipline after the district, along with nine others, was called out by the Children’s Law Center for disparate numbers of suspensions among black students and students with disabilities.

  • Less SEEK, no raises for HCS in tentative budget

    Hardin County Schools faces less money in its general fund as administrators complete the second phase of the budgeting process.

    The HCS board approved the district’s tentative budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday at a special meeting. The second of three steps in the budget cycle, the tentative plan shows a nearly $5 million drop in the general fund from a previous budget draft.

    HCS plans on approximately $95.6 million in the general fund, compared to $100.7 million included in the draft budget approved in January.

  • A sweet day for Morningside Elementary

    Barbara Rowland discovered an effective way to teach math and reading to her students — just add chocolate.

    Rowland’s fifth-grade class at Morningside Elementary School has studied chocolate for the end of school year, a tradition that dates back 20 years. This year marked a first when Rowland and students prepared chocolate in class.

    The tradition began as a chocolate day, which originally was a chance for a sweet treat at  year’s end, Rowland said.