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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.  

New Instant Pot cooking seminars set for January
As we draw closer to the holidays, calendars seem to fill faster and faster. Monica Glisson has been kind enough to teach our Community Education classes on instant pot (electric pressure cooker) cooking on Sunday afternoons. In conversations with some of the classmembers, and others on her social media pages, the group decided to finish this round and start a few new classes after the first of the year. So watch this space (and the Ballard County Schools Facebook page) after the holidays for additional information - especially if you're getting a cooker for Christmas.   
BCCTC Advisory Council moves meeting to Dec. 10
The Ballard County Career and Technical Center Advisory Council meeting scheduled for Nov. 15 has been rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow.   
Financial aid workshop to be held Nov. 20 in HS/MS library
Chase Durrance, this area's representative from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, will a host a free drop-in student-parent FAFSA workshop in the Ballard Memorial High School library on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 3-6 p.m. 
Ballard Adult Ed announces November, holiday hours
Ballard County Adult Education has announced its hours for November’s holiday week:

Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20: Open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Closed for Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 24.

Regular hours during the rest of November are as follows:  

BCMS journalism class seeking local veterans to interview
The journalism class at Ballard County Middle School is writing about veterans, and would like to interview any and all current or former service members in the county.
They are asking veterans to come to the school at 3565 Paducah Road, Barlow, on Monday, Nov. 12 from 12:20-1 p.m. Refreshments will be served.  
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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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