• 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.

  • Business picks student project as new website

    A website that began as a high school class project now will serve as the professional site for a local business.

    E’town Electronics, soon to be 911 Express Tech, challenged students in a Web design class at North Hardin High School to create a new website for the business. Students competed to have their site chosen, and junior Jordan Murray’s site was selected Tuesday.

    Murray will receive a $200 prize, a letter of recommendation for college from the business owners, Michelle and Joe Harmon, and a position on the business’s advisory board.

  • Preschoolers jingle all the way to Huddleston House

    Local preschool students came a’caroling this week at Huddleston House, and while they might have gotten a little lost in some of the verses, it was clear the residents enjoyed every note.

    Preschool students at New Highland Elementary School visited the Huddleston House in Elizabethtown on Monday to sing Christmas carols to residents. The students have made the trip to the public housing facility for a few years to spread holiday cheer.

  • Local schools keep routines

    Local schools returned to class and to normalcy Monday, but administrators and teachers were prepared to deal with student questions and concerns following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday in which 20 children and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed.

    Local school districts sent out One Call messages over the weekend to reassure parents about school safety procedures and to make parents aware of counseling services available to students.