• Books for Babies assists in literacy skills

    Bottles and blankets are important when a baby is born, but Hardin County Schools wants parents to know that books are, too.

    HCS is resuming its Books for Babies program this school year after discontinuing it because of funding issues during the 2010-11 school year.

    Every baby born at Hardin Memorial Hospital receives a copy of “Read to Your Bunny” by Rosemary Wells, a small paperback book that tells parents of the importance of reading to their child for 20 minutes a day.

  • United Way keeps programs running for kids

    United Way of Central Kentucky works to meet the needs of a variety of individuals in its service area. In doing so, it doesn’t forget the youngest residents.

  • On-campus housing: A good step for college freshmen

    While academics rightly take the forefront in discussion of colleges, where the student will live once on campus is an important aspect in applying for college.

    Most colleges require students to live on campus for some period of time, but even if they don’t, it’s a recommended way of blending into college life.

    Myra Lewis, a senior counselor at Central Hardin High School, encourages students to live on campus the first year.

  • Districts waiting for Race to the Top funds

    Local superintendents are awaiting notification of how recently awarded federal money will be divided among Kentucky school districts.

    Kentucky received $17 million in Race to the Top money. Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania also received a portion of the $200 million that was awarded in the third round of Race to the Top.
    Kentucky originally requested $175 million.

  • Middle schoolers take victory in stock

    North Middle School this week is seeing a return on its investment in several students.

    North Middle School students placed first and second in the Take Stock in Kentucky stock market game sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

    Gloria Gayfield, Anthony Piasecki-Mullins and Joshua Riddle placed first in the game, and Samantha Heighter, Selena Pinkham and Hannah Gatrost placed second, according to the news release.

  • EIS mulls adding engineering classes at T.K. Stone

    An engineering program for middle and high school students might spread to another local school soon.

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools is contemplating adding the curriculum to the district’s middle school. The school board heard a presentation Monday on Project Lead the Way, a program that has been implemented in a few other local schools.

  • In Migrant Education Program, tutors travel, too

    Sheila Newman was bombarded by the knee-high inhabitants of the Reyeses house. Marcia, 4, and Clarita, 3, clamored around Newman, shouting “hellos” and showing off pink princess necklaces.

    Newman cooed appropriately over the plastic jewelry and walked upstairs to the kitchen.

    The house was fairly empty because the Reyeses’ still were settling in after a recent move. Little Eduardo, 1, was asleep on the couch; Joseline, 7, and Francisco, 9, were preparing for a tutoring session with Newman.

  • HCS tables drug policy decision

    The Hardin County Schools board decided to table their decision on a change to a student drug and alcohol policy until June, when the board regularly reviews policies.

    The policy change was in regards to the length of suspension students received for a first violation of the policy, which deals with students using or possessing drugs or alcohol at school or a school-related event. Currently, those students receive a 10-day suspension or five days if they receive drug counseling.

  • HCS seeking a student drug policy change from board

    Students who have violated the drug and alcohol policy at Hardin County Schools could receive a different punishment if a change is approved by the district’s Board of Education.

  • Business community asked to get involved in pre-K education

    Local community members involved in business were asked for help in expanding educational offerings for preschool-age children.

    The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, in conjunction with the North Central Education Foundation, hosted a meeting Monday  for local business leaders at Brown-Pusey House to discuss the Business Leadership Council for Pre-K.

    The council is made up of business representatives across the state who have committed themselves to advocate for education for children younger than age 5.