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Education

  • 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.

  • Hardin County Public Library brings science to summer reading program

    For about 200 children signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the Hardin County Public Library, learning doesn't stop when the school year ends.

    Prior to each summer, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives invites librarians and program coordinators to vote on a summer reading program theme for the upcoming year. The majority vote for the 2014 program theme was science, which led to this year's theme name: "Fizz, Boom, Read!"

  • EIS recognizes retirees

    The Elizabethtown Independent School district honored their five retiring staff members Thursday morning at the Performing Arts Center in T.K. Stone Middle School.

    Superintendent Jon Ballard addressed an audience of EIS teachers, staff members and their family and friends with a brief pep talk to end the school year.

    “I would challenge you this summer first of all to relax,” he said. “Then when you have that chance to think about things, think what is one thing that maybe for next year that you personally could do better.”

  • HCS seeking distinguished alumni for 2014 class

    Hardin County Schools is seeking candidates for its 2014 Class of Distinguished Alumni.

    Anyone can nominate a Hardin County Schools alum by going to the Hardin County Schools website, www.hardin.k12.ky.us. A link to the nomination form is on the front page of the district’s website.

    Deadline to nominate individuals is July 11, according to HCS spokesman John Wright.