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Community safety forum set for Nov. 19 at BMHS
Members of the Ballard County Sheriff's Department and County Attorney's Office will participate in a community safety forum to be held Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Ballard Memorial High School, 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow. The public is invited to attend. 
Family Resource-Youth Service Centers outline Santa's Helpers program for this year
Family Focus has been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years, and wants to continue the program. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season: 
Ballard County Schools to hold college and career fair on Nov. 7; students and adults invited to attend
     Ballard County Schools will hold a college and career fair on Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Ballard Memorial High School, 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow. All Ballard students AND their parents or guardians are welcome to attend.

The event will feature employers like Ballard County Schools, Census 2020, Easter Seals Employment Connections, Industrial Maintenance and Gears, the IN-KY-OH Council of Carpenters, Ingram Barge, James Marine, Phoenix Paper, Triangle Enterprises, Western Cutterheads, Whayne Supply and Walker Machinery, and representatives from all four branches of the military and the Kentucky National Guard. Most are seeking qualified candidates for job openings they are trying to fill right now.  

District seeking candidates for all substitute positions, full-time bus drivers District seeking candidates for all substitute positions, full-time bus drivers
Ballard County Schools is seeking candidates for all substitute positions, from cafeteria to custodial, to bus driver to teacher. The district also has immediate need for full-time bus drivers.

"Our two greatest needs are for substitute teachers and sub- and full-time bus drivers," said Tina Jones in the personnel department. "People with the requirements for those jobs could start work as soon as we can get the paperwork finished and a clear background check."  

Parents and community members asked to complete 5-minute surveys for grant project
We need your help. We are collecting information from these surveys ASAP for a grant we are writing for our after-school programs at BCES, BCMS, and BMHS.

We need to hear from our parents, as well as our community members. Please click "Read more..." below for links to the surveys.  

KSP trooper to talk to parents as part of Red Ribbon Week
Kentucky State Police Trooper James Luckett will talk about "What Social Issues are Putting our Youth at Risk" at a special meeting for Ballard County parents on Monday, Oct. 21, as part of Red Ribbon Week. All Ballard County families are invited to come and learn from the experts about current trends and resources for parents/guardians. 
Ballard County Schools earns first-ever star ratings under new KDE accountability system
Ballard County Schools earned a 4-star rating at the high school, a 3-star rating at the middle school, and a 2-star rating at the elementary school in Kentucky's new 5-star accountability system for the 2018-19 school year. The new system is designed to focus attention on closing achievement gaps, and on six indicators in addition to state test scores. 
Sheriff's office, district, issue joint press release
The Ballard County Sheriff's Office had a late night Sunday, investigating yet another rumor concerning student safety at Ballard County Schools. Like last week's incidents, after a thorough investigation that included home visits and interviews, the rumored threat was determined not to be credible.   
River Valley AgCredit makes donation to FFA River Valley AgCredit makes donation to FFA
Ballard Memorial High School's FFA chapter was among the clubs that received donations from River Valley AgCredit last week. The $6,000 will be used for repair and finishing in both of the chapter greenhouses, and to automate them for a hydroponics system.   
FCB sponsoring 'Leader in Me' program at BCMS this year FCB sponsoring 'Leader in Me' program at BCMS this year
First Community Bank of the Heartland is the 2019-20 sponsor for the Leader in Me program at Ballard County Middle School, recently presenting a check for $1,250 to the school.  
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Statement of Non-Discrimination

Students, their families, employees and potential employees of the Ballard County School District are hereby notified that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, or disability, in employment, vocational programs, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

The Ballard County School District offers the following career and technical education programs for all students, regardless of race, color, or national origin, and including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability, in grades 9-12: Agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health, industrial maintenance, and welding.

Persons seeking further information concerning career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact Assistant Superintendent David Meinschein, 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2004. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies should be directed to Superintendent Casey Allen, 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2001. The person designated to coordinate Title IX compliance is Athletic Director Stephen Queen, 3565 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2301. The person designated to coordinate Section 504 is Director of Special Education Terri Wehmeyer, 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2101.

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