• St. James named National Blue Ribbon School

    A local private school has received national recognition for student performance.

    St. James Catholic Regional School in Elizabethtown on Friday was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is given to schools with high-level student performance or where significant gains have been made in student achievement. St. James is one of five private schools in Kentucky to be selected and one of 50 nationwide. A total of 269 schools in the U.S. were selected, according to an education department news release.

  • J.T. Alton receives monetary gift for engineering program

    J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove is one step closer to launching a new science and math program.

    Science Applications International Corp. announced a gift of $23,800 to J.T. Alton on Thursday in the school’s library. The money will help start a Project Lead the Way program, an engineering curriculum for middle and high school students.

    SAIC is a scientific, engineering and technology applications company, and it gave a $27,000 grant to North Hardin High School in 2010 for the same program.

  • HCS, Cecil to close sale on land

    Hardin County Schools is finalizing its purchase of land in Cecilia where the district plans to locate the replacement for Howevalley Elementary School. School district representatives and landowner Bill Cecil are closing the sale today at the law office of Skeeters, Wilson, Bennett and Pike in Radcliff, according to Cecil and attorney Don Skeeters.

    The site is being purchased for $450,000, according to a construction document for the new school.

  • Claggett chosen as Teacher of the Year, 'face' of Daymar

    An Eastview woman recently has received significant recognition — both from her employer and from motorists in western Kentucky.

    Brandi Claggett, an instructor at Daymar College-Louisville South campus, has been named campus Teacher of the Year for the second year in a row. Claggett also is now featured in promotional material for the college, including billboards and the school’s website.

  • No write-ins allowed for EIS seat

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    The Kentucky Department of Education has corrected information given out about the possibility of a write-in candidate for the Elizabethtown Independent Schools board seat for which no one has filed. 

    In the case of a seat for which there are no candidates, no one is allowed to file as a write-in candidate, said Lisa Gross, the KDE director of the division of communications and community engagement. Gross had previously said this could be a possibility.

  • EIS seat likely to be filled by appointment

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools will have two empty board seats in January, but just one person is running to fill them.

    Only one candidate, Matt Wyatt, is running for a seat on the board in the November elections, meaning the other spot likely will be filled by the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Current board members Dianne Cooper and Tony Kuklinski are not running to retain their seats on the board. Kuklinski intended to file for the election but missed the deadline.

  • Eight HCS alumni honored

    While the Hardin County Schools district focuses daily on current students, administrators took Thursday afternoon to recognize past pupils.

    Eight graduates were recognized for their achievements at the Hardin County Schools’ Distinguished Alumni ceremony at the Historic State Theater. Military members were heavily represented. Other inductees included journalists and a physician.

  • 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.