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Education

  • Legislation filed to replace certificates with diplomas for disabled students

    A local legislator has filed an education bill aimed to correct what he feels is inequality in the education system.

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, filed legislation that gives students with disabilities the opportunity to receive an alternative high school diploma instead of a certificate of completion they currently receive. The issue came to his attention after learning his own daughter won’t receive a diploma upon her completing high school.

  • Hardin County Schools 'mock' the vote

    The gubernatorial election won’t be decided until the second week of November, but early results will be coming in from Hardin County high school students.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker visited Central Hardin High School on Wednesday to oversee mock elections allowing students an opportunity to practice voting. Mock elections also were held at North Hardin and John Hardin high schools.

  • Cecilia elementary project could be pushed back

    The timeline for a new Cecilia elementary school may be extended by two more years.

    The Hardin County Schools board voted Monday morning to extend the time period of a purchase option for the proposed site of the new Cecilia elementary school through December 2013, in the event it must wait until David Miller’s lease for the land expires.

    Board Chairwoman Kay Sharon said the board was willing to wait that long to build a school on the land if the situation called for it.

  • Cardinal campaigning

    Local students were visited Friday by the ultimate representative of the University of Louisville.
    James Ramsey, president of the university, visited Central Hardin High School and Elizabethtown High School as part of his yearly Fall Presidential Outreach program.

  • EIS among the state's best in college, career prep

    A local school district has been named one of the best in the state at preparing students for life after high school.

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools was included in the top 10 districts with the highest rate of graduates who met qualifications of the College and Career Readiness indicator, another portion of yearly state accountability.
    Hardin County Schools also met its 2011 goal.

  • Knox soldier killed in Afghanistan

    A Fort Knox soldier on his first deployment died Oct. 14 in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

    U.S. Army Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, was an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.

  • In tune with learning

    Hardin County is home to two of the area’s three best music teachers, as chosen by their peers.

    Abe Barr, a band teacher at North Hardin High School, was selected as High School Teacher of the Year within the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s fourth district; and Debby Duda, a music teacher at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School, was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year in the 11-county district.

    Their wins make them nominees for Teacher of the Year awards for the entire state.

  • Meadow View students get science lesson during visit to Bernheim

    Bernheim Forest is home to a multitude of species, but a new one came to visit one Friday morning — the fourth-grader.

    Meadow View Elementary School fourth-graders took in the sights, and a few science lessons, on their trip to Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County on Sept. 30.

    The trip was used as a way to illustrate life science concepts to the students as well as geography, teacher Rebecca Ricketts said. This is the first time the fourth grade at Meadow View has visited the park on a field trip.

  • Medal of Honor recipient visits Fort Knox High School

    A recipient of the highest military award given by the United States government shared his less-than-award-winning moments Thursday with students at Fort Knox High School.

    Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, a Medal of Honor recipient, visited the post school to speak to the entire student body as well as visit with JROTC members. Patterson encouraged students to stay in school and avoid the “stupid things” he had done in his life.

  • Testing transition ends with mixed results

    The last year of data before a new Kentucky testing system is put in place was released today, with local schools showing a mixed bag of improvements and declines in scores.

    Senate Bill 1, passed in 2009, put in action a new accountability system that begins this school year. The data released since the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System ended has been a transition between CATS and the new system.

    For 2011 KCCT results, more local schools improve in the writing on-demand portion than any other area, while reading was the subject in which scores dipped.