Ballard County Preschool-Head Start recently received good news in its student test scores from the BRIGANCE Early Childhood Kindergarten Screen III, the assessment that Kentucky uses as its common kindergarten early screener. The test provides accurate assessment of a child’s development in five areas: academic/cognitive, language development, physical development, self-help, and social-emotional development.
“What we want is for our children to be Ready, or Ready with Enrichment,” said BCPS Director Terri Gentry. “This year, our number of those children is up 6 points over last year, from 57 to 63 percent, and up from 47 percent in 2017-18.” She added that the number of students scoring Ready with Interventions (what used to be termed Not Ready) had gone down to 37 percent this year, versus 44 percent in 2022-23, and 53 percent in 2017-18.
Ballard County Schools recently split the position of transportation and facilities directorship into two jobs. Transportation coordinator Denisha Renfrow has been named director of transportation, with Darrell Sullivan retaining his position as director of facilities and maintenance.
Jon Hedges, Ballard assistant coach and former assistant and head coach as several regional schools, has been named the new varsity football coach at Ballard Memorial High School. He currently serves as Ballard’s alternative school director, and will continue in that position.
Over 60 current and prospective players met with the new head coach at school on Thursday.
The Ballard County Board of Education voted at a special called meeting on Jan. 19 to appoint Ivey Rollings to the District 4 seat. The position became vacant on Dec. 11, when the resignation of long-time board member Cara Mills became official.
Rollings’ term will expire on Dec. 31, 2024. An election to fill the seat will be held in November 2024, for which Rollings said she will file to run. The election winner’s term will begin on Jan. 1, 2025.
The Ballard County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. in the board room at the CTC/BOE office, 11 Vocational School Road, Barlow.
They will be in executive session to interview District 4 Board member candidate(s), per KRS 61.810(f). If a candidate is selected, the board will exit the closed session in order to approve the new board member in open session.
With Monday’s weather forecast, administrators at Ballard County Schools again are discussing plans for bad weather.
As soon as a decision to close or delay school is made, the district has several pathways for letting parents and the public know, Superintendent Casey Allen said. Banners are placed on the district’s webpage at www.ballard.kyschools.us as soon as possible, and the closing is posted on the district Facebook page.