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District tournament basketball starts Tuesday
Ballard's boys' and girls' basketball teams will play in the 3rd District basketball tournament this week, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Game schedules are as follows: 
Ballard County Preschool-Head Start registration dates set in April
      Ballard County Preschool - Head Start will hold spring registration for new students on April 12 and 13 for children who are or will be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2019.

All registrations are by appointment only, and will be held at BCPS, 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow. Appointments may be made from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 12, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13. Parents/Guardians are asked to please call 270-665-8400, ext. 2100, to schedule an appointment; children will be given their developmental screenings while adults are completing the registration packet.  

Citizens Deposit Bank donates Ballard Spirit Card proceeds Citizens Deposit Bank donates Ballard Spirit Card proceeds
Lisa Laster, Wickliffe Branch manager, and Cole Arnel (right), customer relations officer at Citizens Deposit Bank, are shown here presenting Ballard County Schools Superintendent Casey Allen (center) with $850 from the bank’s Spirit Card program. The program rewards local school systems for CDB customers’ use of their debit cards with school logos.  
Classes at all Ballard County Schools will be in session on Monday, Feb. 18 (previously scheduled for PD)
     Classes will be in session at Ballard County Schools on President's Day, Feb. 18. The day originally was scheduled as a professional development day, but the Feb. 1 water leak closure changed that plan.

"For the past few years, the board has approved a make-up schedule for our district so that students, staff, and the community will know when any canceled days will be made up," said Bob Wilson, Ballard's director of pupil personnel. "It's part of our district calendar, which been on our website since its approval during the last school year, and was sent to local media at that time. Since Feb. 1 was our third day out for the year, the schedule shows Feb. 18 as the designated make-up day." (See calendar here.)  

New electric pressure cooker seminars have started; Feb. 3 location changed
The second of three new electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) classes will be held Feb. 3 class from 3 until about 5 p.m. on campus. The class has been moved this week to the Life Skills room in Ballard County Middle School. There is no charge for the classes, and participants are encouraged to bring their own pots (any brand) and cook the week's recipies. Feb. 3 will be party food for the Super Bowl.  
January is School Board Appreciation Month January is School Board Appreciation Month
January is School Board Appreciation Month, and we’d like to recognize our board members. Shown from left are Kent Gordon, vice chair, District 2; Karen Hensley, board chair, District 1; and members Cara Mills, District 4; Tammy Dennis, District 5; and Brandon Birney, District 3. 
Annual health and physical activity report forum set for Jan. 14
The food service department of Ballard County Schools will hold a public hearing on the annual health and physical activity report immediately prior to Monday night's regular board meeting. The forum will be at 5:45 p.m. in the conference room at 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, and the public is invited to attend. 
BCPS to hold make-up day on Jan. 25
Ballard County Preschool - Head Start will hold a make-up day on Friday, Jan. 25. Buses will run on their regular schedules, and BCPS sessions will be held at their regular times. 
Board sets district calendar for 2019-20
The Ballard County Board of Education approved the district calendar for 2019-20 at its last regular meeting. The first day for students is Aug. 13; final day (pending any weather or other closures) is set for May 15, 2020. Fall break will be Oct. 7-11, with spring break April 6-10, 2020. Students will be dismissed at the end of the day Dec. 20 for winter break, and classes will reconvene Jan. 6, 2020. 
Gudgell named new BMHS baseball coach
Ballard Memorial High School's baseball team will have a new head coach this spring. Cameron Gudgell said he expected to have his new players working out by mid-January.

He comes to Ballard after a two-year stint as freshman coach at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Ind., where his team won the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference tournament last year. He’s also coached American Legion Post 31 (four years). Gudgell is originally from the Paducah area, and played baseball at Heath and McCracken County High schools, as well as college baseball in southern Illinois and Indiana.  

Upcoming Events
BMHS Basketball - District Tournament
Tue Feb 19 2019
to Thu Feb 21 2019
BCPS ends
Wed May 8 2019
District Calendar

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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