Students at Hardin County Schools will be leaving school five days earlier than scheduled.
The Hardin County School Board on Thursday night approved changing the last day of school from May 31 to May 26.
In addition, the board approved graduation dates. They are:
• May 21: Hardin County High School/GED at College View Campus
• May 27: North Hardin High School at Ray Story Stadium
• May 28: John Hardin High School at Bulldog Stadium
• May 30: Central Hardin High School
Central’s graduation will not take place on campus due to the school’s renovation project. The board said it is working with sites that will allow ample parking and seating for family and friends of nearly 400 graduates. A site will be announced when details are finalized.
The last day of school and graduation dates were unanimously approved in the board consent agenda. Ben Sego, member of the board of directors, was not present.
On Thursday, the board also recognized the accomplishments of John Hardin High School FFA students: Addyson Chaney (Grade 9), Nicalea Diaz (Grade 9), Myah Ferguson (Grade 10), Hayden Gividen (Grade 9), Dawson Hall (Grade 9), Anna Lloyd (9th) and Benjamin Updegraff (9th). The students won first place in the Altec 2022 Innovation Challenge for their AquaFood STEM lab.
Additionally, the board awarded James T. Alton Middle School eighth graders Emmalynne Ashlock, Makenna Brown, Jaiden Conley, and Makenna Ulam the HCS Stronger Together Awards.
“These students have been volunteering in Exceptional Education classrooms at James T. Alton since September. They come during their period of development, which is a period reserved for students to receive additional help if necessary. So they are sacrificing that time to help outstanding learners of James T. Alton,” HCS spokesperson John Wright said during the meeting.
He went on to quote James T. Alton’s teacher, Samantha Daniel, as saying, “They are responsible, kind and hardworking. They work with our exceptional learners on social skills that only their peers can model. Friendships are so hard to teach…and these students are models of kindness and acceptance. That makes a lot of differences. Our classroom behaviors have even improved when our exceptional learners prepare for classes with friends. »
Brandon Ambler, janitor at Meadow View Elementary School, also received an HCS Stronger Together award. Wright said Ambler mentored a fourth grader throughout the school year.
“Mr. Ambler used his time to mentor the student, develop a supportive relationship, and teach him life lessons outside of the classroom. The student flourished and his relationship with Mr. Ambler led student to a successful school year,” he said.
Hardin County Emergency Management won the HCS Stronger Together Community Award.
The next Hardin County School Board meeting will be April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Hardin County School Board Central Office.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or [email protected]