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Education

  • Teaching for the top: LCHS instructor says profession is her 'calling'

    A LaRue County teacher has received state recognition for her efforts in the classroom.

    Summer Garris, an English teacher at LaRue County High School, is one of 24 recipients of the 2012 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards.

    Teachers selected from across the state receive cash awards and certificates. From the 24, an elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year is chosen. From those three one will be named Teacher of the Year.

  • EIS approves $24 million budget

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ budget has grown slightly this year from last year, after the district expected a slight downfall in revenue.

    Teachers will receive a 1 percent pay raise to the salary schedule in this working budget approved at the school board's regular meeting Monday night.

  • FRYSC celebrates 20 years in state education

    A vital program in public school education celebrated two decades of service.

    The Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in Hardin County Schools celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the centers through the Kentucky Education Reform Act on Monday at John Hardin High School. The law was passed in 1990 and the centers were put in place the following year.

  • Three superintendents discuss money struggles

    Managing a school district budget is like a “juggling act” for local superintendents as they deal with state and federal shortfalls.

    Superintendents from Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Hardin County Schools and West Point Independent Schools met Tuesday night with the League of Women Voters at the Brown-Pusey House to discuss the impact of state and federal budgets on local school districts. Each spoke of the “juggling act” that preparing a district budget can be and ways they’ve made it work.

  • Local mom hopes to gather others to combat bullying

    A Cecilia mother plans to address the danger of bullying tonight at the Hardin County Schools’ board meeting.

    Angie Carter, a mother of a West Hardin Middle School student, is expected to discuss her concerns and initiatives she’d like to see taken up by the district.

  • KCTCS to offer 24-hour call center next year

    State community colleges are revamping the way they serve students.

    Kentucky Community and Technical College System has launched the first phase of the creation of a centralized 24-hour call center to serve students in areas such as admissions, registration and financial aid every day throughout the year.

  • JHHS to host Day of Service

    A local high school is imparting lessons to its students even on the weekend.
    John Hardin High School will participate in the school’s third Day of Service event Sept. 24. Students sign up for volunteer activities around the county and spend that Saturday working on whatever is asked of them.
    Agriculture teacher Brandon Davis was inspired by a similar event at a national FFA convention.
    “I’ve always been kind of a community service fan,” Davis said.

  • John Hardin band maintaining a youthful glow

    John Hardin High School’s marching band is starting fresh this year with a fresh, young band.

    The band graduated 30 seniors last year, leaving them to start over with a lot of new members, band director Brian Ellis said. The new members are stepping up to the challenge, he said.

    “But obviously when you lose 30 seniors, that’s a hard hit,” Ellis said.

  • Woodland Elementary hires new principal

    A Radcliff school administrator is staying in the northern end of the county as she takes on a leadership role in Hardin County Schools.

    Dawn Tarquinio has been hired as the new principal of Woodland Elementary School. Tarquinio is the assistant principal of Meadow View Elementary School and begins her new position Sept. 12.

    Tarquinio said the similarities of the two schools, which are just minutes from each other in Radcliff, was appealing to her in taking the new position.

    “Woodland families are just like Meadow View families,” she said.

  • Project PASS loses federal funding

    Just nine months after it began, funding has been pulled from the Project PASS program in Hardin County Schools.

    Project PASS, a partnership between the U.S. Army and the National Association of State Boards of Education, brought the Junior Leadership Corps to six districts in the country, including HCS. The program was implemented at North and J.T. Alton middle schools.

    The district recently learned federal money for the program is no longer available and it will lose the director of community involvement position held by Rudy Garcia.