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BMHS summer school dates set
Summer school credit recovery sessions for students at Ballard Memorial High School will begin Monday, June 4, and tentatively will end on Thursday, June 28. Summer school will run Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There will be a mandatory parent meeting prior to the beginning of classes at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 4.  
Outstanding students recognized at BMHS Awards Day program
Ballard Memorial High School held its Awards Day program on May 11, honoring student achievements and those students who strived for excellence in and out of the classroom. Student council president Lindsey Miller served as the master of ceremonies. 
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

Morning and midday meals for all Ballard County Schools students again will be free in 2018-19, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, according to Ballard Food Service Director Amber Hayes.   

District shares plans, information about winter weather delays, closures
With a flip of the calendar and a dip in the thermometer, administrators at Ballard County Schools are discussing plans for any bad weather this winter.

As soon as a decision to close or delay school is made, the district has several pathways for letting parents and the public know, Superintendent Casey Allen said. The district always advises local media outlets of any schedule changes. Banners are placed on this webpage as soon as possible. Parents also are welcome to check the Ballard County Schools page on Facebook, WPSD Local 6 or KFVS 12 on television; WKYQ-FM (93.3)/WDDJ (96.9), their related websites, and/or www.westkentuckystar.com for any delays, closings or dismissals.  

ALL Kentucky students entering grades K-12 in 2018 must have new immunizations, new certificates; first shots should be given now
A recent amendment to Kentucky state law regarding required student immunizations schedules will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. However, to meet the new requirements, most students likely will need to receive the first new immunization before January 2018.

"Our district just received these new regulations, and we are trying to get a head-start in the process," said Ballard Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson. The district will offer a clinic on Dec. 11 to help with this effort (please click to see more ).  

Traffic plan for BCPS announced; session times at 8:30 a.m. and noon, beginning Aug. 21
The traffic plan is in place for Ballard County Preschool and Head Start’s new location at Ballard County Elementary School. Preschool sessions will be Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon for morning classes and noon to 3:30 p.m. for afternoon classes. The first day of preschool at the new location will be Aug. 21, which also is the day of the total solar eclipse (more on that below). The elementary day begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. at BCES, so the later start at BCPS should help alleviate any traffic concerns, said Ballard County Director of Transportation Darrell Sullivan. The majority of BCPS students arrive by bus, he added, so on regular days there should only be 25-30 students being picked up or dropped off by car each session.  
Great response to instructional-day eclipse leads to minor traffic, access changes at Ballard County Schools
There has been such great parent response to Ballard County Schools’ instructional day for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 that the district has made some slight adjustments to its visitors’ traffic and parking plans. “We are very excited to be hosting so many families on Eclipse Day,” said Superintendent Casey Allen. “Very few students in western Kentucky are going to have the opportunity that our children will have on Monday – students, families and school staff being together to watch this rare celestial event that people are traveling across the world to see. It is going to be historic!”  
Birney appointed to represent District 3 on the Ballard Board of Education Birney appointed to represent District 3 on the Ballard Board of Education
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has appointed Brandon Birney of LaCenter to fill the current vacancy in District 3 on the Ballard County Board of Education. The appointment takes immediate effect upon Birney being duly sworn in at the Aug. 22 special called board meeting (moved from its original Aug. 28 date), and expires at the end of 2018. He replaces long-time member Haskell Sheeks, who resigned at the end of June.  
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. 
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. 
Upcoming Events
BMHS Baseball - District Tournament
Mon May 21 2018
to Fri May 25 2018
BMHS Softball - District Tournament
Mon May 21 2018
to Wed May 23 2018
ACT at Ballard
Sat Jun 9 2018
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Statement of Non-Discrimination

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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