• HCS mulls staff raises

    After leaving staff raises out of its draft budget, the Hardin County Schools board discussed the possibility of giving a 1 percent cost-of-living raise to employees at a special meeting Thursday.

    Despite the discussion, nothing was decided. Board members said they needed more information on the district’s financial outlook before voting.

  • Ron Ortiz retiring from CHHS

    A second high school in Hardin County Schools is searching for a new principal.

    Ron Ortiz, principal at Central Hardin High School, announced his retirement this week to CHHS staff and HCS administrators. Ortiz’s decision comes soon after Bill Dennison, principal at North Hardin High School, retired at the end of the school year.

    Ortiz has been with HCS since 1986. He was an assistant principal at the school before being named principal in 2003. He was deployed to Iraq with an Army Reserve unit, returning to his position the following year.

  • Mandated school meal price increases set for fall

    Students at most grade levels and their parents will pay more for meals when public school classes resume in August.

    The two local school districts are increasing lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year to follow new federal requirements. The school boards approved the changes at meetings this spring.

    Breakfast prices are changing, too. It is free for all students in Hardin County Schools and for preschool and kindergarten students in Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Prices for other EIS students are increasing.

  • HCS students will receive free breakfasts next year

    Students and parents who enjoyed the few weeks’ reprieve from the cost of breakfast in the morning at Hardin County Schools can continue to enjoy the break on their wallets next year, too.

    After a trial run, HCS will be offering free breakfast to all students in the upcoming school year. The district is able to offer the free meals for up to four years through the Provision Two program of the National School Lunch Act.

  • Local schools win journalism honors

    The work of students from all three Hardin County Schools’ high schools was recognized in the Kentucky High School Journalism Association’s 2011-12 contest.

    Displaying a comic-book style, John Hardin won the general excellence award in recognition of the state’s best yearbook. North Hardin High School students placed third in  newspaper and yearbook categories. Members of Central Hardin’s student newspaper staff earned four honors.

  • Seventh-graders honored for ACT, SAT scores

    Hardin County students were among about 400 seventh-graders from across the state honored Friday at Western Kentucky University for scoring at or above the average for college-bound seniors on at least one section of the college-ready ACT or SAT.

    The students attended the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program at WKU hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies.

  • EIS budget shows increase from draft version

    Like Hardin County Schools, Elizabethtown Independent Schools is bracing for less state money, but the district’s tentative budget showed some improvements from a draft version.

    The EIS board approved its tentative budget Monday, the second step in a three-phase budgeting process. The district has budgeted for approximately $18.5 million in its general fund, a slight increase from what officials expected when making the draft budget. That version included about $18.1 million in the general fund.

  • Two local students named National Merit Scholars

    Two local students received national scholarships for their academic performance in high school.

    Rebecca Hinkle and Thomas Kirkpatrick received National Merit Scholarships for their upcoming freshman year of college.

    Hinkle, a senior at Elizabethtown High School, received a scholarship from the National Merit organization itself, while Kirkpatrick, a homeschooled student from Eastview, received a college-sponsored Merit scholarship.

  • HCS will provide services for deaf, hard-of-hearing beyond county lines

    Hardin County Schools is branching out beyond county lines to help students in neighboring communities.

    HCS plans to provide services catering to hearing-impaired students for nearby districts that can’t. The board recently approved a contract for Bullitt, Nelson, Breckinridge, LaRue and Grayson counties. Districts in those counties already have an agreement with HCS permitting students to attend out-of-district schools.

    HCS also can work with other districts interested in the services, said HCS Community Relations Director John Wright.

  • Two EIS leaders take new posts

    The district office at Elizabethtown Independent Schools is undergoing some changes.

    Karen Branham is moving from her position as assistant superintendent for instruction at EIS and is moving to a similar position at Jefferson County Public Schools. Kelli Bush, principal of Morningside Elementary School, is taking Branham’s position at EIS Central Office.