• Kentucky does away with Commonwealth Diploma

    An honor associated with high school graduation will disappear after the 2011-12 school year.

    The Kentucky Board of Education decided last week to repeal the state regulation that created the Commonwealth Diploma, which is a high school diploma awarded to students who complete a special course of study.

    The diploma opportunity continues into the next school year, as the state has money for it, and then there is the possibility of creating a different version of a special diploma to recognize students’ academic achievement.

  • HCS joins EIS, others on social networks

    Social networks often are thought of as a way to “like” a friend’s funny photos, but local school districts are showing the networks’ true purpose — to spread information.

    Both local school districts have a social media presence now, as Hardin County Schools has created a Facebook page and a Twitter account in the past month as a way of communicating with students, parents and the community, and giving those groups a space to ask questions of the district.

  • HCS launches social media efforts

    Hardin County Schools has entered the world of social media with an official Facebook page and Twitter stream. 

    “Our world communicates in so many different ways,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “This is another way to keep in touch with our students, parents, faculty, staff and our community friends.”

    The district will post on facebook.com/hardincounty schoolsand twitter.com/ HardinCoSchools or search @HardinCoSchools.

  • Rebecca Signorino is a fan of lifelong learning in whatever she does

    When Woodland Elementary School teacher Rebecca Signorino's children graduated and were no longer involved in band, she and her husband experienced empty nest syndrome. They tried to find something to fill the gap.

    They started with marathon training, and it led to ownership of a fitness center.

    Physical fitness not only filled that empty nest, but provided financial security to the couple and gave Signorino, who has taught special education for 18 years, another outlet for life long learning and teaching. 

  • Non-academic results show mix of improvements and declines

    While school success usually is measured in results tied to subjects such as reading and math, educators look to other factors as well.

    Non-academic indicators for the 2009-2010 school year, which include rates for attendance, dropouts, retention and successful transition to adult life, show mostly improvement for the LaRue County and Elizabethtown Independent districts, but more of a mixed bag for Hardin County Schools.

  • Lunch program busy during early stages

    Schools may be closed but the cafeterias are still running in some Hardin County schools.

    The HCS summer lunch program began Monday, and are serving free lunches to children younger than 18 through July 29. Lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Hardin, North Hardin and John Hardin high schools and North Park Elementary School. Adult lunches are $3.50.

    The lunches are picked up and served by a number of summer camps and other organizations.

  • School districts use down time for building work

    Empty school buildings make perfect spaces for a different kind of work during summer.
    Summer break gives schools a chance to make headway on building construction projects, maintenance and repairs.
    Each district is overseeing several construction projects this summer.
    Elizabethtown Independent Schools has three projects under way, including renovation of Helmwood Heights Elementary School, construction of a preschool and kindergarten center, and replacement Elizabethtown High School’s roof.

  • Business education options discussed at CU-Hodgenville

    Campbellsville University is hosting an informational session Wednesday at its Hodgenville campus to discuss its J. Chester Porter and Maria L. Bouvette School of Business and Economics.

    It is the third in a series of four regional sessions in which CU officials provide information about the master of business administration degree, the master of arts in organizational leadership degree and the bachelor of science degree in organizational management.

  • SJS groundbreaking held
  • St. James breaks ground today on new school

    With schoolchildren, local governmental leaders and the archbishop all participating, St. James School plans a gala groundbreaking today for its $10.5 million school building.

    The primary and middle schools, now divided by Poplar Drive, will unite in what is the first building on the parish’s 50-acre site on RobinBrooke Boulevard.

    Eliminating the need for students to cross the street daily “was one of the big selling points in our capital campaign,” the Rev. Chuck Walker said.