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Education

  • Kids College leads children to potential career fields

    For the seventh year, Eliza­beth­town Community and Tech­nical College is allowing kids to get a head start on their careers this summer with Kids College.

    Children in grades one through nine can enroll in a variety of classes offered at the Elizabethtown, Leitchfield and Springfield campuses.

    The Elizabethtown classes include Beginning Robotics; Inter­mediate Robotics; Forensic Science; Archery; Success Skills for Life; and Science: Lift It, Drop It, Shake It, Zap It, Blow It Up, Eat It. The cost for enrollment in each class is $99.

  • T.K. Stone pool renovations nearing completion

    The T.K. Stone Middle School pool renovation project still is underway despite a delay in completion.

    The project, originally scheduled for completion for the 2013-14 swim season, is now set to be finished before the 2014-15 season begins. The renovation has included a building expansion, expanding the pool from six lanes to eight, moving locker rooms upstairs, adding bathrooms to the first floor and building an enclosed walkway connecting the pool and the gymnasium.

  • KCTCS raises in-state tuition 2.08 percent

    Kentucky Community and Technical College Syst­em’s board of regents appro­ved a 2014-2015 budget of $924,117,500, which includes a 2.08 percent in-state tuition increase.

    Tuition will increase from $144 per credit hour to $147. Out-of-state tuition rates will rise to $294 per credit hour for students from counties contiguous to Kentucky and $515 for all other out-of-state students.

  • Central Hardin teacher relocating to become principal

    A Central Hardin High School chemistry teacher has been named principal of Old Kentucky Home Middle School in Bardstown.

    Jesse Simpson, who is originally from Chaplin in Nelson County, will become the school’s new principal for the 2014-2015 school year following a unanimous vote Monday afternoon by the school’s site-based council.

  • Local schools launching bornlearning Academies

    Two local schools have been awarded money to launch early childhood learning programs called bornlearning Academies for the upcoming school year.

  • Teachers, administrators face challenges from extended school year

    For each weather cancellation day over the winter, students and school officials knew a make-up day for instruction was ahead.

    During the 2013-14 school year, Hardin County Schools missed 14 days and Elizabethtown Independent Schools missed nine days. Though both districts completed the school year the week of June 2, there were some challenges throughout the year educators faced because of an abundance of winter weather and cancellations.

    Keeping students focused in school when the weather struck was one.

  • EIS superintendent reviews first year on job

    With 27 years in education at three school districts and numerous positions, Jon Ballard has worn several hats throughout his career.

    Now, with a year of leading an entire school district, Ballard hopes and plans to stick around as superintendent for Elizabethtown Independent Schools a while longer.

    Upon being hired as superintendent in April 2013, Ballard immediately began working, though not officially starting his contract until July 1, following Gary French’s retirement. Ballard created strategies for his first year from the beginning.

  • Get Ready! teaches valuable skills

    Teachers and volunteers at Get Ready! early childhood camp in Hardin County are informing parents and guardians that a little bit of play goes a long way.

    Presented by the Central Ken­tucky Community Foundation, Get Ready! prepares children birth to age 5 with developmental skills through play tactics. Children are taught by educators with a background in early childhood education.

  • Bauer named new North Middle principal

    Central Hardin High School Assistant Principal Chris Bauer has been named North Middle School’s next principal.

    According to a news release from Hardin County Schools, the North Middle School site-based decision making council chose Bauer on Tuesday.

  • Summer Feeding Program begins

    The Hardin County Schools Summer Feeding Program began Tuesday at five area schools including John Hardin, North Hardin, Central Hardin, G.C. Burkhead and North Park. The program allows children to be fed lunches throughout the summer while school is out of session.

    Lunches are served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays through July 25 at the locations. G.C. Burkhead also provides breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. on July 14-17 and July 21-24.

    No meals will be served on July 4.