• Facing enrollment decline, HCS plans for reduced money for staffing

    Staffing levels expected for the upcoming school year show Hardin County Schools officials are preparing for fewer students.

    The HCS board approved Thursday tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, allocations show a loss of money for positions at almost every school.

    The board must distribute money to each school for faculty salaries, and schools must receive a definite allocation of resources by May.

  • EIS expects same staffing levels next year

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ staffing level is expected to remain steady for the upcoming school year.

    The EIS board Tuesday night approved tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year and a new policy to determine staffing levels.

    Staffing levels will remain unchanged for the most part, with the exception of an instructional aid position that will be eliminated from each school.

  • Test results show progress, improvement areas for schools

    Results of the 2013-14 EXPLORE and PLAN tests show varied outcomes for local schools. Some scores increasing in most tested subjects, while others dipped from last year.

    The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and cover the same four subject areas: English, math, reading and science. The EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and the PLAN is taken by high school sophomores.

  • Club offers GEMS of knowledge

    Marshmallows and toothpicks aren’t commonly regarded as school supplies, but they’re not often thought of as building materials, either. The girls of GEMS can shake those misconceptions on both counts.

    Jessica Russo, a teacher at New Highland Elementary School, started a Girls Excelling in Math and Science club this year to encourage girls to enter career fields that rely on math and science skills. Russo hopes to use her platform as Mrs. Kentucky International to promote this type of education initiative for female students.

  • Hardin County Schools to host diversity fair

    Hardin County Schools is inviting the community to celebrate diversity in the county.

    The community diversity council for HCS hosts a diversity fair from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at John Hardin High School. The fair features representations of diversity from more than two dozen students and local businesses and organizations.

  • Educational foundation to host 'The Event'

    The Elizabethtown Educational Foundation is asking the community to celebrate Mardi Gras for a good cause.

    The foundation is hosting The Event, an annual fundraiser to help pay for faculty needs in Elizabethtown Independent Schools. The fundraiser is at 7 p.m. March 1 at Pritchard Community Center and features a Mardi Gras theme, foundation board member April Jackson said.

  • Helmwood teacher named EIS ExCEL winner

    Helmwood Heights Elementary School feels like home to Tiffany Davis.

    The school was, after all, where she had her first experiences in education, both as a student and as a teacher, and it’s where she continues her journey in the field.

    “I came right back to where I started,” Davis said.

  • West Hardin student wins county spelling bee

    Somewhere between the words “salinity” and “protozoa,” it became clear Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee officials weren’t playing around with this year’s list of words.

    Teresa Morgan, director of elementary education, found the annual book of words provided to the Hardin County Derby Festival Spelling Bee to be more difficult than in past years.
    “Wow, I don’t know where those words came from,” she told the audience Tuesday at the bee, “but I’m glad I didn’t have to spell them.”

  • Burkhead teacher named ExCEL winner

    Crystal Wilkerson was confused when Nannette Johnston visited her classroom. The announcement of the ExCEL award was still a week away, so Wilkerson assumed the superintendent was there to observe until Johnston handed a student her iPad and suggested Wilkerson call on the student.

    “I have a great answer for you,” the student said, and flipped the tablet around to reveal the words, “you won.”

    “It was just such a huge shock,” she said.

  • Area schools closed again

    With fresh snow arriving Sunday night and subfreeezing temperatures predicted for the next 48 hours, area school districts are out again Monday.

    Public and private schools in Hardin and all adjacent counties announced plans to be closed today.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College plans to delay its opening until 10 a.m. today.