• Search under way for new EIS superintendent

    Applications are being accepted for the next superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

    The job was advertised starting Dec. 19, and the window for accepting applications is expected to close 45 days after that.

    School board members hope to name a new superintendent by May. There has been some interest in the position, board Chairman Guy Wallace said.

    It’s helpful to have such a long hiring window to avoid rushing into a decision, he said.

  • HCS preparing new preschool rooms for January

    It’s been a busy winter break for early childhood educators in Hardin County Schools, as they’re expanding their program by two classrooms in the middle of the school year.

    The department will open the rooms in just a few weeks, after the new program was approved by the HCS board in December.

  • New ECTC scholarships offered through PNC

    Students attending Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this spring have another opportunity to receive financial assistance for their education.

    The college is offering one-time PNC Skilled Workforce Investment Scholarships to students, as will several other colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

    The PNC Foundation gave KCTCS $120,000 to be distributed to communities where PNC Bank is located. ECTC is receiving $15,000 to be divided into $1,000 scholarships, according to a news release from ECTC.

  • HCS to add security features at some schools

    New security plans couldn’t be implemented at a better time in Hardin County Schools, as school safety becomes a top concern across the nation.

    HCS is adding extra security measures at some of its schools to ensure everyone in the building was allowed to enter by school personnel.

    The district is installing cameras at the front doors and buzz-in systems, which force visitors to ask for entrance into the buildings and to show an I.D.

    These systems will be installed at the buildings that don’t have security vestibules.

  • HCS’ tot program expanding

    More students than ever will be able to attend preschool at Hardin County Schools.

    The HCS board approved creation of two Preschool Readiness Academy classrooms, which would serve students who don’t qualify for state-funded preschool. The district is trying to reach as many 3- and 4-year-old children as possible to prepare them for kindergarten.

    The additional classrooms open in the spring semester.

    Superintendent Nannette Johnston said it’s essential to give children a good start to their education.

  • Local education leaders warn of ‘fiscal cliff’ cuts

    Even if the fight is taking place in Washington, D.C., the so-called “fiscal cliff” funding battle will have a local impact for educators.

    The local superintendents have spoken out against the impending spending cuts that would impact education if no deal is reached between Congress and the White House by January. If no agreement as to how to address the deficit is made, a combination of tax increases and spending cuts will go into effect at the beginning of next month.

  • Grant will pay for HCS student drug screening

    Hardin County Schools is adding an extra service for students found to be using drugs.

    The HCS board approved a drug screening program for students who have been assigned to Brown Street Alternative Education Center because of a violation of the district’s drug policy.

    Students found in possession of, using or under the influence of a controlled substance will attend Brown Street at least four weeks. Those students are tested at some point while there for continued drug use.

  • Hardin County Schools to reassign some students

    Students living in several neighborhoods near the Elizabethtown post office will be heading to different schools beginning next school year after the Hardin County Schools board approved redistricting at its regular board meeting Thursday.

  • HCS chooses land for new Burkhead

    Students and staff of G.C. Burkhead Elementary School now have land for their new home.

    The Hardin County Schools board moved forward Thursday night on a replacement for G.C. Burkhead, as the board approved an option to purchase land for the new school and construction documents for the project, and entered into negotiations with Murphy Graves Architects for design of the building.

    The new school will be at 1323 St. John Road in Elizabethtown. The board has an option to purchase 18 acres at that location for $18,000 per acre.

  • Random draw selects more students for out-of-district enrollment

    A few dozen new students will be able to attend the district of their choice next year.

    The annual random draw for students seeking enrollment in out-of-district schools took place Wednesday afternoon with Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools officials at the HCS Central Office.

    HCS had 12 students apply to attend the district next year. EIS had 125 applications for the next year, representing 178 children. Families apply as a unit, and if a family is chosen in the draw, all of the children will attend the district.