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Queen named athletic director at Ballard County Schools Queen named athletic director at Ballard County Schools
Ballard County Middle School Assistant Principal Stephen Queen will return to a familiar role this year, as he once again serves the district as athletic director. 
All Ballard County schools again participating in free meal program
For the fourth year, students at all Ballard County schools will be eligible to eat breakfast and lunch for free. 
Ballard hires Brooks as head football coach Ballard hires Brooks as head football coach
Mark Brooks, a 15-year coaching veteran from Hopkinsville High School, has been hired as the new head football coach at Ballard Memorial High School. He also will serve as the alternative school teacher at Ballard Memorial High School. 
BMHS graduates 108 members of the Class of 2017 BMHS graduates 108 members of the Class of 2017

Ballard Memorial High School observed its 65th commencement exercises on May 18 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2017 ended with 108 graduates. The two valedictorians were Shelby Lynn Hawes and Kerrie Yen Pullen. The salutatorian was Cheyenne Rae Shely. There were 15 additional honor graduates: Tessa Kennedy Blankenship, Devyn Shurvia Bledsoe, Kayto Mary Buchanon, Alexis Michele Donelson, Hannah Elizabeth Gilbert, Matthey Riley Gilbert, Savanna Mae Rose Gray, Phillip Dale McKee, Zane Adam Parsons, Crystal Dilip Patel, Alexis Lyn Scott, Chance Allen Shely, Charles Jacob Sullivan, Lindsay Dale Tatum, and Adriana Nicole Worley.  

BCES names new principal BCES names new principal
The Ballard County Elementary School site-based decision-making council has named Stephanie M. Wood as its successful candidate for principal. Wood has been assistant principal at Lone Oak Intermediate School since 2015, and has served as the school’s curriculum specialist since 2014. She began her career as a special education teacher at Reidland Elementary School in 1996, and also taught second, third and fourth grade regular classrooms in her tenure there until 2014. Wood was offered and accepted the job on May 5; her first full year on the job officially will begin on July 1, 2017.  
BCPS earns state's highest rating
Ballard County Preschool and Head Start has earned the highest possible certification by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Department for Community Based Services, Division of Child Care and the Department of Education. 
BMHS greenhouse now open
The Ballard Memorial greenhouse is now open for the spring plant sale. Regular hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located just across Vocational School Road from Ballard Career and Technical Center, on the east (LaCenter) end of the main campus. 
BMHS News Team takes first place at state STLP competition BMHS News Team takes first place at state STLP competition
Students from Ballad Memorial High School were among more than 9,000 students, educators and parents who attended the 10th annual Student Technology Leadership Program state championships, held April 12 at the Lexington Convention Center. The BMHS News team took first place in multimedia content, a competition division in which students use tools to create original learning by combining at least three of the following: animation, audio, design software, images, interactive devices, text, and video. 
Stop 'n' Go extends daycare hours at BCPS; new students welcome
Stop ‘n’ Go Daycare, located at Ballard County Preschool – Head Start, now is offering extended hours. New hours at the facility at 455 Olive St. are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
District seeking Child Find information on children with disabilities in need of special education or 504 services
The Ballard County School District has an ongoing Child Find system, which is designed to locate, identify and evaluate any child residing in a home, facility, or residence within its geographical boundaries, age three (3) to twenty-one (21) years, who may have a disability and be in need of Special Education or 504 services. This includes children who are not in school; those who are in public, private, or home school; those who are highly mobile such as children who are migrant or homeless; and those who are advancing from grade to grade, who may need but are not receiving Special Education or 504 services. 
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The Ballard County School district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The District Title IX Coordinator will handle any inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, and may be reached at 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024, or by phone at 270-665-8400, ext. 2000.

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