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Education

  • State PTA to discuss new testing model at The PAC

    Parents and community members interested in learning about changes in public school testing will have an opportunity to look at the new system this month before scores are unveiled.

    The Kentucky PTA will present information on the new school accountability model at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The state has moved to a new model, called Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress. Scores to be released at the end of the month will differ drastically to ones presented in the past.

  • Mather honored for school library work

    T.K. Stone Middle School’s principal was recognized for her support of school libraries this week.

    Beth Mather received the Kentucky School Media Association Service Award for School Administrators on Monday at the school. Mather was nominated for the award by the school’s library media specialist, David Grossman.

  • Shifting St. James: Catholic school transitions to new building during two-week break

    St. James Regional Catholic School students will return to school Oct. 15, but they’re not returning to their long-time home near the church.

    Staff and church officials took an extended fall break to move the school into its new building on Robinbrooke Boulevard in Elizabethtown. The contents of the two former school buildings were moved this week, and Saturday saw a quieter day in the building, as teachers worked to unpack and prepare their rooms.

  • Power outage affects thousands in northern Hardin County

    Thousands of residents along U.S 31W were without electricity Tuesday evening after a likely breaker failure caused an outage.

    The power went out for Nolin RECC and Kentucky Utilities customers along the 31W corridor from the Pine Valley area in Elizabethtown all the way through Radcliff, said Vince Heuser, vice president of system operations at Nolin RECC.

    About 14,000 Nolin RECC customers and about 5,500 KU customers were affected.

    Customers lost service at about 8 p.m. and it remained out for about an hour, KU spokesperson Liz Pratt said.

  • Schools prepare for new marks

    Following the advice of the Kentucky Department of Education, local school districts are distributing a message of reduced expectation regarding test scores.

    The annual CATS exam gave way for a more rigorous K-PREPS test as Kentucky became the first state in the nation to adopt new “common core standards” that serve as a national benchmark for curriculum and assessment.

  • 'U.S. News' includes EHS, CHHS in Kentucky's best

    Two local schools are considered among the best in the state in the latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

  • EHS senior a semifinalist for national scholarship

    An Elizabethtown High School senior is one of less than two dozen Kentucky students competing for national scholarship money.

    Brittany Stokan and 15 other students in Kentucky qualified as semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students and others across the country will compete to become a finalist and then to receive one of about 800 scholarship awards that total about $2.5 million, according to a news release from the program.

  • T.K. Stone students lead the way in engineering

    Students at T.K. Stone Middle School gathered in a hallway Tuesday to launch cardboard with rubber bands. But instead of a teacher breaking up the party, adults grouped around them, impressed by the engineering lesson unfolding in front of them.

    T.K. Stone Middle School teachers and students demonstrated the efforts of Project Lead the Way to corporate partners who helped make the engineering course possible.

  • J.T. Alton band director honored

    Byron Witham knew at a young age he wanted to be a music teacher.

    Not only is he that, but he now is one of 24 teachers in Kentucky to be recognized for their contributions to education as a winner of an Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. The award is given by Ashland and the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Witham is the band director at J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove.

    To be considered, teachers must be nominated and complete a lengthy application that includes several essays. Witham learned last week he was selected as one of the 24.

  • North Hardin, LaRue County high schools win big in battle of the bands

    North Hardin and LaRue County high schools won the day at their respective band competitions last weekend.

    LaRue County was named grand champion in the Taylor County Marching Invitational at Taylor County High School. The Band of Hawks also received best overall guard, as well as first place, best guard and best percussion in Class AA.