Ballard County Schools was awarded two new 21st Century Community Learning Center grants in the last funding cycle, meaning that two new programs will go into full swing later this month. The grants will provide homework help, remediation, and enrichment for all students in Ballard County Elementary and Ballard County Middle schools, starting Aug. 29.
The grant programs – starting at $100,000 for each school this year – also feature two new coordinators: Madison Ellington at BCES, and Hannah Wildharber at BCMS. Both women are excited about the services their programs will provide for Ballard students.
The programs will mirror each other in schedule, running Monday through Thursday, starting with an snack immediately after school until 5:15 each afternoon. The first hour will offer help with existing subjects; the second will feature enrichment activities. Parents may pick up students at 4:15 p.m. after academics, at 5:15 after enrichment, or bus transportation to four pick-up locations around the county is available.
Zach McDaniel, a former assistant at several colleges and universities and three-year Brescia University letterman, has been named the new varsity boys’ basketball coach at Ballard Memorial High School. He also will oversee student credit recovery in the BMHS Runway program.
Players were set to meet with the new coach on Wednesday evening, and a meet and greet for players, families, and community members will be held July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the BMHS gym lobby.
The 14th annual “Bomber Back-to-School Bash” will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. All students in the district will register for class, and receive orientation information at all of Ballard’s schools. (A complete schedule of class orientations is attached to this story.) A district-wide safety update will be held at 11 a.m., and all parents are invited.
If you have a child entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, or transferring to Ballard County Schools for the 2022-23 school year, the attached health requirements must be met to comply with Kentucky state regulations and will be strictly enforced.
Ballard County Preschool-Head Start has been awarded a Preschool Partnership Grant through the Division of Child Care for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, for $150,000 per year.
Terri Gentry, preschool and special education director for the district, said the grant would allow the school to expand services to four full-day preschool classrooms, for 20 additional full-day students, and one AM/PM session classroom.