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Education

  • North Hardin principal announces retirement

    After more than a decade in the top job and a part of North Hardin High School staff since 1986, Bill Dennison is retiring as principal.

    Superintendent Nannette Johnston said Dennison devoted his career to the Radcliff school, serving as a chemistry and biology teacher before becoming assistant principal in 1998 and principal three years later.

    Dennison announced his plans to the staff just before spring break after consultation with the superintendent.

  • Learning for a lifetime

    Sherry Lee Pile is new to the Lifelong Learners program, but she’s long believed in the concept.

    “Life is a lifelong learning experience,” she said. A former educator, she used to tell students that. Now, she’s a student again.

    “It’s like a journey that you’re on,” she said.

    The Lifelong Learners program at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College allows students 65 or older to take classes for free. More than 50 individuals are taking advantage of the opportunity.

  • HCS offering free breakfast for all students

    Hardin County Schools offers to all students a free breakfast every day when school resumes from spring break April 16 through the rest of the school year on May 16.

    All HCS elementary school students already receive free breakfast; however, the offer will be extended to all middle school and high school students.

  • United Way hosts first Community Conversation

    The United Way of Central Kentucky is taking a look at local education with the help of community members.

    The United Way hosted its first Community Conversation on Tuesday evening at the Hardin County Public Library in Elizabethtown. The roundtable discussion acted as a follow-up to the March 27 viewing of “American Teacher,” a documentary about the state of education that was screened at the Elizabethtown Performing Arts Center.

  • Communion class collects shoes for Haitian parish

     Students preparing to take a step in their spiritual lives are helping another community take its own steps.

    Second-graders at St. James Catholic Regional School hosted a drive for shoes to send to St. Marc’s Parish, their sister parish in Haiti. The school collected almost 600 pairs of shoes that were boxed Tuesday morning in Batcheldor Hall on the school’s campus.

  • ECTC to host transfer fair

    The path to a degree can be long, winding and confusing, but area students looking for the way can find directions next week.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College hosts a college transfer fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 in the atrium of the Regional Postsecondary Center at the school. The fair is open to the public and is one of many organized this spring by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The fairs are sponsored by the Kentucky Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.

  • Federal money brings new technology to schools

    School districts in the county are using federal money to implement a new program that provides resources and support to teachers in regards to classroom instruction.

    Local districts are receiving federal Race to the Top money in the upcoming months and are using it to implement Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System, which is a database teachers can use to look up curriculum standards, plan lessons and create assessments.

  • Foreign exchange students live and learn in Hardin County

    For foreign exchange students, high school classes aren’t the only learning opportunities available this year. For them, just living in Hardin County is an education.

    Students from around the world have spent the school year in Hardin County to experience the United States firsthand and study in its education system. Most of the students, primarily from Europe and Asia, wanted the opportunity to sharpen their English skills and develop an understanding of American culture.

  • Film begins discussion on troubles in teaching

    Tuesday’s public viewing of an education-themed documentary is just the start of community-wide discussion of the field.

    The United Way of Central Kentucky and several other organizations hosted a viewing of the documentary “American Teacher,” and they hope to continue conversations on issues tackled in the film at an event next week.

  • Teaching gives meaning to life for ExCEL winner

    During ceremonies for winners of the ExCEL award, given for excellence in education, it’s customary in Hardin County that local recipients are honored by having the day of the ceremony named after them by Hardin Fiscal Court. Mark Roberts, the newest winner in Hardin County Schools, didn’t want to let his own special day go unnoticed.

    “First of all,” Roberts began his acceptance speech, “I’d like to wish everyone a happy Mark Roberts Day,” he joked.