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New Instant Pot cooking seminars set for January; this Sunday, come to the choir concert!
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.  This Sunday, everyone please consider yourselves invited to the BCMS/BMHS Choral Department's concert at LaCenter First Baptist Church, 421 Broadway, at 2 p.m. Happy holidays!  
Family Focus again offering workshops, Christmas assistance program
Family Focus has been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years, and wants to continue the program. Remaining workshop dates are Nov. 27 and 29 at First Baptist Church's new multipurpose building at 455 Olive St. in LaCenter. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season: 
Family Focus Christmas holds food drive at Ballard County Schools
Family Focus' annual Christmas food drive has begun, and will continue until the last day of classes on Dec. 19. The Wickliffe Masonic Lodge also works on this project, purchasing groceries to go along with the food that is collected.

Each grade has a suggested food item so that there will be a good variety (please click link for list). Students and staff members are encouraged to donate. Food may sent to school with your student.  

Ballard County Schools gets state grant to add Family Resource Center director
Ballard County Schools was one of only about two dozen district in the state that successfully met the guidelines to apply for a state grant funding another Family Resources Center director. The current director, Kelly Wray, will stay on at Ballard County Elementary School. The new person will start on Jan. 1, 2019, and will serve Ballard County Middle and Ballard Memorial High schools. Applications for the new position will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 16. To apply, click the "Employment Opportunities" button near the bottom left of this page.   
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.  
Annual Veterans' Day program set for Friday, Nov. 9 Annual Veterans' Day program set for Friday, Nov. 9
The public is invited to Ballard Memorial High School's annual Veterans' Day program on Friday, Nov. 9, at 1:15 p.m. in the gym at 3561 Paducah Road. Speaker will be BMHS alumnus Dr. Larry Purcell, and the band and choirs will perform.   
LaCenter First Baptist Church purchases building from Ballard County Schools LaCenter First Baptist Church purchases building from Ballard County Schools
The public was invited to witness a signing ceremony on Oct. 29 at the former LaCenter Elementary/Ballard County Preschool building, as LaCenter First Baptist Church finalized the purchase of the building at 455 Olive St. from Ballard County Schools.

Shown from left are Kreg Denton, senior vice president, First Community Bank; Melanie Carter, Denton Law Firm; Casey Allen, superintendent of Ballard County Schools; Karen Tilford, chair of Ballard County Board of Education; and Lisa Emmons, attorney.  

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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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