Board of Education Members

Kim Morris

Kim Morris

Serves District 1, northeast Ballard County; email kim.morris@ballard.kyschools.us.


Began service in 2022; current term expires at the end of 2022.

Employed at Geo Consultants since 2005; currently serving as vice president.

Holds bachelor's degree in business from Murray State University, and national professional project management certification from Project Management Insitute.

Resides in Kevil; has one daughter at BMHS.

Cathy Drummond

Cathy Drummond, District 2

Serves District 2, north-central Ballard County; email cathy.drummond@ballard.kyschools.us.


Began service in 2021; current term expires at the end of 2022.

Retired from Ballard County Schools in 2013.

Holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education, guidance and counseling, from Murray State University.

Resides outside LaCenter; has two BMHS alumni sons - one a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in mechanical engineering, and one a Murray State University graduate with a degree in network security.

Brandon Birney

Brandon Birney, District 3

Serves District 3, southeast Ballard County; email brandon.birney@ballard.kyschools.us.

Serving as board chair for the remainder of 2022.

Began service in 2017; current term expires at the end of 2022.

Employed by Bandana Ag Inc. and Agro Tech Inc. since 2004.

Involved with the Ballard Bullets, a non-profit junior athletics booster club formed to support little league activities here.

Holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Murray State University.

Resides in LaCenter; has two children.

Tammy Dennis

District 5, Tammy Dennis

Serves District 5, southwest Ballard County; email tammy.dennis@ballard.kyschools.us.

Serving as board vice-chair for the remainder of 2022.

Began service in 2008; current term expires at the end of 2024.

Employed at Ballard County Co-op Inc. as office manager since 1998. Holds an associate degree in business from University of Kentucky Paducah Campus.

Resides on Wickliffe route, has a daughter and two grandsons.

Cara Hunt Mills

Cara Mills, District 4

Serves District 4, western Ballard County; cara.mills@ballard.kyschools.us.

Began service in 2011; current term expires at the end of 2020.
 Current term expires 2024.

Employed as a quality specialist at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant since 1991.  

Holds bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from MSU, master’s degree in public health administration from Western Kentucky University; and was certified NQA-1 Lead Auditor in December 2011.

Resides on Wickliffe route; has one child enrolled in Ballard Memorial High School and one BMHS graduate.

Board Meeting Dates

Board meetings are usually scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. in the Ballard County Board of Education office, 11 Vocational School Road, Barlow. However, in an effort to reduce contact among attendees during the COVID pandemic, meetings may take place in the BCES library at 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow, or via video conferencing.
Please contact the Ballard County Board Office at 270-665-­8400 to confirm the meeting location in advance.
Scheduled dates for 2022 are as follows:

  • Feb. 14
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • Aug. 15
  • Sept. 19
  • Oct. 17
  • Nov. 21
  • Dec. 12
  • Jan. 9, 2023