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Session tonight in free entrepreneur seminar series for Ballard adults, students
UPDATE: Sessions will continue tonight (Oct. 19) at 6 p.m. at Ballard County Career and Technical Center for these sessions. 
The Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy (WAVE) is hosting an information and training course for entrepreneurs and those interested in becoming an entrepreneur. The six-session courses will be offered online at Ballard County Career and Technical Center, beginning Oct. 12, or live at the Carlisle County Extension Office in Bardwell.
 
Fall break (Oct. 9-13) changes all SBDM meeting dates
Fall break at Ballard County Schools (Oct. 9-13) has caused all of our buildings to move the dates of their site-based decision-making (SBDM) councils. 
Bomber Football, Kentucky Farm Bureau team up for new Tailgate Club at home games, starting with Sept. 8 Memorial Bowl Bomber Football, Kentucky Farm Bureau team up for new Tailgate Club at home games, starting with Sept. 8 Memorial Bowl
Bomber Football is excited to introduce the Bomber Tailgate Club, which began on Sept. 8. Justin Puckett and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance have teamed up to provide a tailgate area for all of Ballard’s Friday home games. The last home date is Oct. 20 vs. Murray. 
Great response to instructional-day eclipse leads to minor traffic, access changes at Ballard County Schools
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!”  
Traffic plan for BCPS announced; session times at 8:30 a.m. and noon, beginning Aug. 21
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 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.  
All Ballard County schools again participating in free meal program
For the fourth year, students at all Ballard County schools will be eligible to eat breakfast and lunch for free. 
Queen named athletic director at Ballard County Schools 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. 
Ballard hires Brooks as head football coach Ballard hires Brooks as head football coach
Mark Brooks, a 15-year coaching veteran from Hopkinsville High School, has been hired as the new head football coach at Ballard Memorial High School. He also will serve as the alternative school teacher at Ballard Memorial High School. 
BMHS graduates 108 members of the Class of 2017 BMHS graduates 108 members of the Class of 2017

Ballard Memorial High School observed its 65th commencement exercises on May 18 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2017 ended with 108 graduates. The two valedictorians were Shelby Lynn Hawes and Kerrie Yen Pullen. The salutatorian was Cheyenne Rae Shely. There were 15 additional honor graduates: Tessa Kennedy Blankenship, Devyn Shurvia Bledsoe, Kayto Mary Buchanon, Alexis Michele Donelson, Hannah Elizabeth Gilbert, Matthey Riley Gilbert, Savanna Mae Rose Gray, Phillip Dale McKee, Zane Adam Parsons, Crystal Dilip Patel, Alexis Lyn Scott, Chance Allen Shely, Charles Jacob Sullivan, Lindsay Dale Tatum, and Adriana Nicole Worley.  

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Mon Oct 23 2017
Board of Education meeting
Mon Oct 23 2017
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Sat Oct 28 2017
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Mon Nov 20 2017
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The Ballard County School district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The District Title IX Coordinator will handle any inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, and may be reached at 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024, or by phone at 270-665-8400, ext. 2000.

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