• 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.

  • Muldraugh Elementary's final day

    Nestled on the outskirts of Fort Knox is the community of Muldraugh, whose center of life and activity is its elementary school. The school has been around in some form since 1912 — exactly 100 years.

    But Wednesday marked the elementary school’s final day.

    “When we got the official news that we were closing, I knew we would have to have a funeral or a celebration,” principal Will Parker said at the closing ceremony. “I chose a celebration.”

  • St. James first-grader wins $1,500 scholarship

    A church full of students, staff and parents rose Wednesday to applaud Madeline Hobbs as she received a $1,500 scholarship.

    Hobbs, one of nine winners of the Dream Out Loud Challenge, is only 6 years old.

    “It’s pretty amazing to be a first grader and get a scholarship fund like that,” said Matthew Hobbs, Madeline’s father. “I think it’s great that they offered this soon to start for college.”

  • East Hardin Middle School raises money for tornado-damaged areas

    One local middle school has raised thousands of dollars to help their neighbors and people they have never met.

    Students and faculty at East Hardin Middle School raised more than $5,600 for tornado relief in Hardin County and for a middle school in eastern Kentucky.

  • North’s Dennison ready for the last diplomas

    After more than a decade of leadership, North Hardin High School is saying goodbye to its principal.

    Bill Dennison, principal of North Hardin for 11 years, will spend his last day with students Wednesday. Dennison is retiring after this school year and his last work day is at the end of July.

    Dennison, who spent his entire 26-year career in education at North served longer than any North principal except Ray Story, who served in the position for 21 years.

  • WKU satellite campus to host first commencement

    Students who attended Western Kentucky University locally now can graduate locally, too.

    The WKU Elizabethtown-Radcliff-Fort Knox Regional Center is hosting its first commencement ceremony for students who attended classes at the center. The ceremony is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    Previously, students who received degrees from the center had the option to attend the ceremony on the main campus in Bowling Green, said Ron Stephens, associate dean for the local campuses.

  • Preschools named Classrooms of Excellence

    Preschool in Hardin County Schools continues to be recognized for “excellence.”

    Preschool teachers Erin McPherson and Zola Walker received Classroom of Excellence distinctions from the Kentucky Department of Education, giving Hardin County Schools four preschool classrooms recognized with the honor.

  • North Hardin to host Night of the Arts

    North Hardin High School faculty and students are hoping to bring a love of the arts to Hardin County.

    North Hardin is hosting its first Night of the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria. The event features visual arts and musical and dramatic performances, all from students.

    The school has sponsored concerts and theater productions before, but faculty members in the fine arts department were looking for a new event to showcase all facets of the arts, said James Beard, head of the fine arts department.

  • HCS debates districts

    Shifts in population could result in Hardin County Schools redistricting by the 2013-2014 school year.

    During an HCS school board working session Friday, Associate Superintendent Bobby Lewis offered several areas of possible redistricting, which he said will be posted on the district’s website.

    Because the meeting was a work session, the proposals were only discussed. No decisions were made. The school system also plans to schedule public meetings to explain any change before implementation.