• Classroom language barriers

    Fourteen-year-old Haruna Kondo remembers when her parents told her they were moving to Bardstown from their native Japan.

    “I was pretty shocked,” Kondo said, noting that her mother had been hinting at the move in the weeks prior.

    But the more Kondo thought about it, the more she opened up to it.

    “I was actually born in Bardstown,” she said. “I thought it would be nice to see where I was born.”

  • ‘Overcoming adversity’


    Throughout the month of February, Bardstown City Schools honored Black History Month with programs, presentations and projects.

    All of the district’s work centered around one theme — overcoming adversity.

    When planning the events, officials said they wanted all of the schools to have a common theme. During the initial meetings, the topic of adversity and overcoming obstacles was brought up.

  • ‘Black boxes’ help schools share information

    With the installation of “black boxes” in several of the Nelson County District elementary schools, staff are able to better communicate school information with students, teachers and parents.

    Tim Hockensmith, chief operating officer for the district, said it was the goal of staff and parents to improve communication among the school communities and get important information out.

  • Technology changing classrooms for students at TNHS

    Chromebooks and web-based learning are expanding opportunities in the classroom at Thomas Nelson High School, as students and staff become better connected through online tools.

    “We really are working toward information systems that are empowering to the user,” Principal Wes Bradley said. “Everything is right at their fingertips.”

  • Winter weather causes districts to use make-up days

    Freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and dangerous road conditions forced Bardstown City and Nelson County Schools to close all of last week.

    Bardstown will be able to absorb the snow days without affecting the last day of school, but Nelson County students will release for summer later than originally scheduled.

    Last week’s cancellations racked up four snow days. Monday was a scheduled holiday in observance of Presidents Day.

  • Old Kentucky Home support group aimed at improving the classroom


    Parents of students at Old Kentucky Home Middle School are collaborating with school officials to establish partnerships in education.

    The Wildcat Support Organization, or WSO, was formed in September with the goal of providing support for classrooms.

    “I just wanted a parent support group and everyone I talked to preparing for this job, they had a very well-established parent support group,” said Principal Jesse Simpson, who began his position this school year.

  • Nelson County Schools on one hour delay Tuesday, Feb. 24

     Nelson County Schools will be on a one hour delay Tuesday. There will be no morning preschool.

  • City, county schools reach agreement on out-of-district contracts

    Bardstown and Nelson County Schools have reached an agreement designed to limit the number of students who reside in the county school district transferring to city schools.

    Both districts entered into a memorandum of agreement Tuesday, which is the first step in reducing the disparity in the number of county district residents in city schools through the process of attrition.

    Under the new arrangement, current students will remain in the districts they presently attend.

  • Bardstown City Schools closed Thursday, Friday

    Bardstown City Schools will be closed Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20 due to extreme temperatures and wind chill.

  • Carter’s mother attends state bullying group

    Nearly two months since the death of seventh-grader Reagan Carter, the community has gathered on numerous occasions to remember the 12-year-old and raise awareness of bullying.

    Last week, Reagan’s mother, Melanie Hack, attended a meeting of The Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force, established by Gov. Steve Beshear, to discuss anti-bullying awareness.