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Ballard County's Family Focus Family Resource and Youth Service Center has been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years. The organization wants to continue helping families in the community. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season.
As in previous years, to be eligible for the program, a family must qualify for the federal free lunch program by its HIF form. The family cannot be receiving assistance from any other Christmas program, and the children must be enrolled in Ballard County Schools. If they have children who are too young for school, they must bring proof of Medicaid or SNAP benefits from Ballard County DCBS.
As in previous years, a parent or guardian must attend two of "Santa's Workshops" to be eligible for the assistance program. The first workshop will be held Nov. 14; the last one will be Dec. 5. 
 

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!”

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Posted Friday, August 18, 2017

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.

 
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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Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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. 
For the fourth year, students at all Ballard County schools will be eligible to eat breakfast and lunch for free. [...click for more]

Posted Monday, July 10, 2017
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