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Time changing on first doors open at all schools
Doors at all district schools - Ballard County Elementary, Ballard County Middle and Ballard Memorial High schools - will not open until 7:15 a.m. this year. This includes the BCMS and BMHS gyms, and all other doors.  
Sheffer named new principal at BCES Sheffer named new principal at BCES
The Site-Based Decision-Making Council at Ballard County Elementary School has named Chris Sheffer its successful candidate to be the school’s principal, effective July 1.

The Ballard County native had been assistant principal Morgan Elementary School since 2011, including work as a positive behavior coach there. Sheffer was principal at Carlisle County Middle School from 2009-11, and a teacher, athletic director, interventionist and tutor at Ballard County Middle School from 2002-09. He also was a teacher at BCES from 2001-02.  

BCPS changing pick-up, drop-off procedures
To improve student safety and parent experience, the pick-up and drop-off procedures at Ballard County Preschool - Head Start are changing this year when BCPS opens on Aug. 27. All regular-day drop-offs will take place behind the preschool, as well as the morning and noontime pick-ups. The ONLY pick-up that still will be in front of the building is the 3:30 p.m. pick-up. Please read the rest of this story very carefully, and contact us at 270-665-8400, ext. 2100, if you have any questions. We want this transition to be as smooth and easy as possible for our students and parents.  
Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator
Ballard County Schools has named Terri Wehmeyer its successful candidate for district director of special education and Ballard County Preschool coordinator, effective July 1.

She had been director of special education and preschool at Crittenden County for the last year, and dean of students at the Grand Chain Learning Center/JAMP for the year before that. Wehmeyer also taught at Lone Oak High School for six years, and spent four years as a special education teacher at Paducah Middle School. She has been employed in the educational setting since 1999.  

2018-19 BCPS-Head Start registration dates set in March
Ballard County Preschool/Head Start will hold spring registration for new students on March 2 and March 9 for children who are or will be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2018.

All registrations are by appointment only, and will be held in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 421 Broadway, LaCenter. Appointments may be made from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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.  

Adult Education now offering GED classes at Barlow City Library, and Tuesday evening at Adult Ed office
Ballard County Adult Education now is offering GED classes at the Barlow City Library on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. The library is located in the City Hall Annex (old City Hall), behind the City Hall building at 139 N. Fourth St., Barlow. 
BCES receives donation from Wickliffe Masonic Lodge BCES receives donation from Wickliffe Masonic Lodge
Wickliffe Masonic Lodge members Harry Ashcraft (left) and John Horn are shown here with Ballard County Elementary School Assistant Principal Angie Woods as the men delivered bicycles and helmets from the lodge. 
Student Council officers, members, named for 2016-17 Student Council officers, members, named for 2016-17
Ballard County Elementary School recently announced its Student Council officers for 2016-17. Shown from left are President Boden Lovelace, Vice President Lance Scott, Secretary Kori Martin, and Treasurer Tyler Chandler. 
Leaders of the Month announced for August Leaders of the Month announced for August
At the beginning of each month, teachers will focus on a particular leadership characteristic and identify students who have displayed that trait exceptionally well during the previous month. On the last day of each month, the students are recognized at an assembly.  
Breakfast, lunch at all schools again free under CEP program
For the third 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 2016-17, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, according to Ballard Food Service Director Amber Hayes.  
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