• UK makes 'Kentucky Promise' to students

    The states major land-grant institution is making a promise to its students and to the state at large.

    University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto is touring the state as part of the universitys Preview Nights, in which high school students learn more about UK and what it offers. Capilouto is sharing The Kentucky Promise with students and other groups hes visiting, which is a commitment the university is making to update physical and intellectual components of the school.

  • HCS still completing new hires

    The county schools district has added most of the new faculty it needed after an early enrollment boom.

    Hardin County Schools has almost completed hiring nearly 20 new faculty members needed after the school year started with more students than expected.

    HCS needed to hire 17 more teachers, as well as some instructional aides, when enrollment a few days into the school year hit 14,126 students, beyond the projected 13,820 students.

  • Enrollment up at EIS

    Enrollment at Elizabethtown Independent Schools is up this year, and is sitting at one of the largest totals the district has seen recently, said Nate Huggins, assistant superintendent for student and district support services.

    The mid-week total for the district, not including preschool students, is 2,413, which is the largest the district has seen in recent years, Huggins said.

    The increased numbers are at both ends of the age spectrum in the district. Elizabethtown High School saw an enrollment of 788 students in the middle of the week, he said.

  • Local ACT scores mixed

    Most local schools exceeded state averages in the newly released results of ACT exams.

    The scores indicate improvements at Elizabethtown and North Hardin high schools, while John Hardin High School showed declining numbers in the subjects tested.

  • Students learn texting and driving isn’t easy

    The crash had a distinct sound, like scraping metal, screeching tires and breaking glass. It repeated, over and over, as student after student settled into the driver’s seat only to climb back out minutes later after they had run off the road, hit a car or ran into a pedestrian crossing the street.

    Fortunately, this wasn’t driver’s ed.

    North Hardin High School hosted a texting and driving simulator from AT&T on Wednesday to highlight to some of its seniors how dangerous sending a message can be while maneuvering a car.

  • Taxes increase for EIS

    The  Elizabethtown Independent Schools board voted  Monday night to raise its annual tax rate at its monthly meeting.

    The board voted unanimously to raise the rate on real and personal property to 67 cents per $100. Last year’s tax rate was 65 cents per $100 of property.

    The new rate gives the district a 4 percent increase in revenue from the previous year, and was the maximum rate the board could set for the year. The rate will give the district about $5.6 million in revenue, an increase of almost $167,500 from last year.

  • HCS moves toward electronic textbooks

    Hardin County Schools are turning a budget challenge into an opportunity to move toward the forefront of education technology.

    The state no longer funding textbooks would mean the district would have to absorb about $1 million in costs every year if every student got one new book, said Tim Maggard, the district’s director of technology.

    The state once replaced books on a six-year cycle. Even that meant books in ever-changing subjects, such as science and social studies, rarely were as up-to-date as they could be, he said.

  • HCS bus crash protocol includes calling schools

    When a Hardin County Schools bus ran off the road and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon, administrators from the students’ schools went to the wreck  to ensure the kids were safe.

    The actions of West Hardin Middle School Principal Jon Thomas and Lakewood Elementary Assistant Principal Jonathan Williams were not necessarily per protocol, said HCS spokesman John Wright, but “just an extra thing that they did.”

  • Combating crowded classrooms: HCS enrollment up, teachers needed

    After a drop in enrollment last year, Hardin County Schools has rebounded this school year with more than 14,000 students in the district.

    Enrollment at HCS is more than 300 students more than projections for the school year. With the transition the district has seen in the past few months, it actually represents several hundred new students attending the district, with even more expected.

  • Daughter’s one-woman show celebrates comic Don Knotts

    The Historic State Theater is welcoming the daughter of one of Mayberry’s most famous residents.

    Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, will perform a one-woman show, “Tied Up in Knotts,” about her father at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater.