• New EHS football stadium under consideration

    As the high school football season begins, preliminary steps are under way that could lead to a new stadium for the Elizabethtown Panthers.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ board will ask the Kentucky Department of Education to approve its desire to use a portion of its bonding authority for a football field on the high school campus. The request also includes improvements for the system’s indoor pool at T.K. Stone Middle School.

  • Organization helps avoid bus mix-ups

    The beginning of the school year means new books and homework for students.

    It means a head scratcher for administrators and bus drivers in charge of carting more than 10,000 Hardin County Schools students and more than 1,000 Elizabethtown Independent School District students to and from school every day.

    School system employees have to find ways to make sure students, especially kindergartners, get where they’re supposed to safely weeks after determining how to divide routes.

  • HCS to pass on free lunch program

    An opportunity from the federal government to offer free lunches to all students in schools in impoverished areas has been turned down so far by the majority of eligible school districts in Kentucky.

    Hardin County Schools is one of the eligible districts, but district officials found the program would end up costing the Child Nutrition Program money.

  • John, E'town up in ACT scores

    ACT results for the local schools showed John Hardin High School and Elizabethtown High School improved in all four tested areas, while other schools were a mixed bag of increased and decreased scores.

    But most scores didn’t meet the benchmarks set by ACT Inc., which is consistent for the state’s results overall.

    The ACT is a multiple-choice test that measures college preparedness in four areas — English, math, reading and science. Students receive scores in the individual areas and a composite score for overall performance.

  • Clark hired as Lakewood principal

    Lakewood Elementary School has one of its own taking the helm this school year.

    Shelee Clark has taken the job of principal after serving as assistant principal at the school for a little more than a year.

    Clark replaces Kerry Reeves, who retired in August. Clark has held a variety of positions in the Hardin County Schools district and taught at Lakewood for five years.

    Clark worked closely with Reeves during her time as assistant principal, she said. Reeves believed all administrators should know what principal duties entail, she said.

  • HCS names new instruction directors

    An elementary school principal is moving to Hardin County Schools’ Central Office as its new director of elementary curriculum and instruction.

    Teresa Morgan, principal at Woodland Elementary School, begins the new job the first on next month.

    Tammy Stephens also recently began a similar job for secondary schools.

    Directors assist schools with issues such as testing and implementing standards for curriculum, among other things.

  • HCS board wants to keep same tax rate

    Hardin County Schools board members discussed keeping the district’s tax rates steady Wednesday at a special meeting.

    HCS and Elizabethtown Independent Schools will vote in coming weeks on new tax rates for the year.

    EIS will host a forum for the member to discuss the proposed rate at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the district’s Central Office, followed by a regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., where a rate could be approved.

  • ECA selects new principal

    Elizabethtown Christian Academy will have a new leader at the beginning of next month.

    Willie Dean Thomas, a retired chemistry teacher at LaRue County High School, has been hired as the new principal of the private school.

    Thomas began her teaching career in Hardin County Schools and went to LaRue County in 1994. Along with her time at the high school, she also served as an assistant principal at LaRue County Middle School.

  • JHHS has top graduation rate among local schools

    John Hardin High School had the highest graduation rate among the five local high schools in 2010, according to recently released data from the Kentucky Department of Education. JHHS was one of three schools that improved from last year’s rates.

    John Hardin also had two subpopulations, black and Asian students, rate a perfect 100 percent.

  • Thomas selected as WHMS principal

    A former West Hardin Middle School staff member is returning as the new leader of the building.

    Jon Thomas, principal of Ekron Elementary School in Meade County, has been selected as the new principal of West Hardin Middle School.

    Former principal Jim Roe has retired, and David Reed, a former principal in the district, is serving in an interim role until Thomas begins. That date hasn’t been determined.