District News


BCES 21st Century Coordinator Madison Ellington (right) and BCMS Coordinator Hannah Wildharber
New 21st Century after-school programs, new coordinators at BCES and BCMS

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.

Thu Aug 18 02:54 PM

Zach McDaniel, new BMHS varsity boys' basketball coach
McDaniel named varsity boys’ basketball coach at Ballard Memorial High School

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.

Thu Jul 14 09:04 AM

New BCES Assistant Principal Whitney Nichols.
Nichols named assistant principal at BCES

Whitney Nichols has been named assistant principal at Ballard County Elementary School. She assumed her new duties on July 1.

Tue Jul 12 02:29 PM

District-wide 'Bomber Back-to-School Bash' will be held Aug. 6

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.

Tue Jul 12 02:26 PM

District posts student immunization requirements for 2022-23 school year

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.

Tue Jul 12 02:22 PM

BCPS to expand classroom, day care services with grant

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.

Tue Jun 14 10:37 AM

Kim Morris, new District 1 board member
BOE appoints Morris to serve as District 1 representative

The Ballard County Board of Education voted at a special called meeting on June 8 to appoint Kim Morris to the District 1 seat. The position became vacant on May 31, when the resignation of long-time board member Karen Hensley became official. Morris’ term will expire on Dec. 31, 2022. An election to fill the seat will be held in November 2022, for which Morris has filed to run. The election winner’s term will begin on Jan. 1, 2023.

Mon Jun 13 12:12 PM

New food service director Sara Jane Hedges
Hedges named food service director at BCS

Sara Jane Hedges has been named food service director at Ballard County Schools. She will assume her duties on July 1 from exiting director Amber Hayes, who will continue in a reduced role to oversee a major renovation of the middle and high school cafeteria, and the state food service audit. “My husband and I are both from small towns, and we’re very excited to be part of a small community,” Hedges said. They are hoping to relocate to Ballard County, and maybe find a spot where they can raise St. Bernard dogs.

Wed Jun 08 04:36 PM

New district student information specialist Valarie Helm
Helm named student information specialist at BCS

Valerie Helm has been named student information specialist at Ballard County Schools. She will assume her duties on July 1. Helm will take over for the retiring Jennifer Robinson, who will be leaving on July 31. The two ladies had worked together in McCracken County before Robinson came to Ballard, and Helm succeeded her there. “Jennifer had told me so much about the community, and always talked about what a great work environment it is here,” Helm said. “I am looking forward to being part of the ‘Bomber family’ and the community!”

Wed Jun 08 03:11 PM

Community members sought for Local Planning Committee

Ballard County Schools is seeking two community representatives to serve on its Local Planning Committee, beginning now and continuing in 2023. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

Tue May 24 02:51 PM