• Blome hopes to grow McKendree

    The new director of the local McKendree University campus is seeking a partnership between the institution and community.

    Christian Blome, executive director of the Radcliff campus of McKendree University, hopes to grow the campus to reflect the educational needs of the surrounding area.

  • Foundations team up to bring back Get Ready! program

    Central Kentucky Community Foundation and the PNC Foundation are once again helping young children “Get Ready!” for their future education.

    Get Ready!, a program for children from birth through age 5, which debuted last summer and was created by the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, returns this year with funding from PNC Foundation.

  • CHHS art class designs anti-hate message

    A local high school class is using the power of visual art to call for kindness and equality.

  • HCS hosting two events focused on students' futures

    Hardin County Schools’ officials are continuing efforts to prepare students for the future with two events that focus on what lies ahead for teens at HCS.

    The district is hosting a PLAN for the Future event for sophomores and their parents at 6 p.m. Monday at John Hardin High School and the Performing Arts Center, followed by an Explore the Future event for parents of eighth-graders at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the PAC.

  • Search under way for new EIS superintendent

    Applications are being accepted for the next superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

    The job was advertised starting Dec. 19, and the window for accepting applications is expected to close 45 days after that.

    School board members hope to name a new superintendent by May. There has been some interest in the position, board Chairman Guy Wallace said.

    It’s helpful to have such a long hiring window to avoid rushing into a decision, he said.

  • HCS preparing new preschool rooms for January

    It’s been a busy winter break for early childhood educators in Hardin County Schools, as they’re expanding their program by two classrooms in the middle of the school year.

    The department will open the rooms in just a few weeks, after the new program was approved by the HCS board in December.

  • New ECTC scholarships offered through PNC

    Students attending Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this spring have another opportunity to receive financial assistance for their education.

    The college is offering one-time PNC Skilled Workforce Investment Scholarships to students, as will several other colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

    The PNC Foundation gave KCTCS $120,000 to be distributed to communities where PNC Bank is located. ECTC is receiving $15,000 to be divided into $1,000 scholarships, according to a news release from ECTC.

  • 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.