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Ballard County Schools to participate in Summer Food Service Program; free meals available in June at several locations

NEW STOP ADDED: Ballard County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. 
The program starts June 4 and continues through June 29, Monday through Friday. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis, at the sites and times as follows: 
 
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.  
BMHS grads receive over $300,000 in scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school on May 11. Guidance counselor Renee McDermott said that graduating seniors received over $300,000 in local, college and university scholarships. 
BMHS graduates 78 members of the Class of 2018
Ballard Memorial High School observed its 66th commencement exercises on May 18 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2017 ended with 78 graduates.

The valedictorian was Meghan Walker. The salutatorian was Ross Jones. There were 12 additional honor graduates: Connor Brooking, Candice Durr, Rianah Fields, Peter Green, Kameron Howle, Hannah Lee, Lindsey Miller, Samuel Paul, Owen Renfrow, Leah Shelley, Maddison Waddell, and Madison Williams.  

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.   

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.  
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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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