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BCES will hold registration tomorrow, Aug.4
Ballard County Elementary School will hold registration on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for students in grades K-5 who did not attend BCES during the 2019-20 school year.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; no appointment is necessary. The event will be held in front of the school at 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow. Parents/guardians are asked to drive up to the main entrance, and a staff member will assist them there.  

BMHS student schedule changes may be made this week
Ballard Memorial High School students who need to make schedule changes for the 2020-21 school year can reach Counselor Renee McDermott from Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7, by email at  or by calling 270-665-8400, ext. 2503 or by calling 270-665-8400, ext. 2503.  
BCPS makes changes to routine, will open Sept. 2
      The days will look different at Ballard County Preschool-Head Start this year, but students will be welcome either in person, or online.

Director Terri Wehmeyer said classes will begin on Sept. 2. Because of the added need to sanitize the building, split-day classes are not feasible this year, she said. In-person students will stay all day, Monday through Thursday, and alternate weeks. “So, students who had been slated to be in morning classes will come one week, and students who were to be in afternoon classes will come all day the next week,” Wehmeyer explained.  

Board sets Aug. 26 return date for students; preschoolers to return on Sept. 2
     The Ballard County Board of Education set Aug. 26 as its return date for students at its July meeting last night. Preschoolers will return Sept. 2. In-person and virtual instruction options will be offered. A video from Superintendent Dr. Casey Allen may be found here, or additional details are available by clicking the link below.   
Dr. Allen issues message for parents, families
A message for parents and families, from Ballard County Superintendent Dr. Casey Allen.
https://youtu.be/7R-Pi2L1x2Y
 
Options available for family feeding this summer
TIME CHANGE: Pick-up times for meals at the eight sites listed in this story have changed to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.  
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.   
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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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