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Options available for family feeding this summer
There are numerous options for families trying to feed their children this summer. The newest is the P-EBT card (see attached flyer), which begins June 1. All PK-12 students at Ballard County Schools are eligible for this program. 
Ballard County Board of Education meeting moved to June 22 at BCES
The Ballard County Board of Education is postponing its monthly meeting to June 22.
The board will meet on Monday, June 22, at 6 p.m. in the library at Ballard County Elementary School, 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow. The public may attend; social distancing guidelines will be followed.  
Discussions underway for return to school in 2020-21; no final plans yet
       Administrators at Ballard County Schools already have begun discussions about the return to school for 2020-21, and acknowledge that plans are not yet final.

"Actually, we've been talking about it and meeting about it since the end of last semester," said Dr. Casey Allen, Ballard County Schools superintendent. "We also are holding online meetings at least weekly with representatives from the governor's office, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Department of Public Health to determine our best and safest options for next year."  

Last chance for Class of 2015 to pick up records
Members of the Ballard Memorial High School Class of 2015 have until June 15 to pick up permanent records before they are destroyed. Class members may call BMHS at 270-665-8400 or email BMHS Guidance Counselor Renee' McDermott at renee.mcdermott@ballard.kyschools.us or Brenda Arington at Brenda.arington@ballard.kyschools.us to schedule a pick up time or to hold the folder.   
BMHS graduates 71 members of the Class of 2020
Ballard Memorial High School observed its 68th commencement exercises on May 15 via an online ceremony. Students had come to the gymnasium at 3561 Paducah Road on May 12 and 13 to film their segments for the video, which may be seen here. The Class of 2020 ended with 71 graduates.

The valedictorians were Colby Dome' and Anna Thompson. Salutatorian was Peyton Lehmann. There were eight additional honor graduates: Cohen Adams, Dallas Butrum, Slade Donner, Kolbi Drummond, Faye O'Brien, Zoie Overby, Parker Rathman, and Ryan Rehkemper.   

2020 BMHS grads receive numerous scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students in an online ceremony on May 13. Guidance counselor Renee’ McDermott addressed the graduates: "Three words I think of while staring into an empty gym where you should be sitting are unstoppable, unbreakable, and undefinable. Unstoppable – You make your dreams come true, and don’t let anyone stop you or stand in your way. Unbreakable – You have been through what graduating classes before you have not, and you rose to the occasion. Undefinable – You are made for great things. Let your resilience and character define you."  A complete list of scholarship and award winners may be found by clicking below.   
Feeding program locations, times, changed for Saturday (May 16)
Due to rain in the forecast and the Senior Parade, we are moving the locations and time of meals tomorrow. To stay dry, we'll move to the farmers' markets in both LaCenter and Wickliffe. We will start serving at noon and end at 2 p.m. in both locations.

Remember, there will be hot meals for children ages 18 and under, and a weeks' worth of groceries per child at both locations. Families also can sign up for the summer feeding program, which will offer weekly distributions from March 29-Aug. 14.

You also can sign up by clicking the link here.  

Board of Education to meet electronically on Monday
The regular monthly meeting of the Ballard County Board of Education will be held Monday, May 18, at 6 p.m. This board meeting will be conducted electronically in keeping with recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The public may access the link to observe the meeting here.  

Summer feeding program link listed
Please click here to sign up for the summer feeding program. The program begins May 29, and continues weekly through Aug. 14.   
District, local churches, partner on transition plan for feeding children
Ballard County Schools made its last meal deliveries of the 2019-20 year on May 7. In the 39 days since March 17, the district delivered 89,970 meals to children in Ballard County. The district summer feeding program will begin on May 29 (more information on that program will be available later in the month).

With many Kentuckians just beginning to go back to work, the district is partnering with several local churches on a three-week transition plan so families are not left in the lurch. On May 9, 16, and 23 members and pastors from several local churches will be at two locations, cooking free lunches for children ages 18 and under.   

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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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