District News
All Ballard County schools to be included in free meal program this year
Breakfast and lunch have been free for all students in Ballard County Elementary and Preschool for two years. This year, students at Ballard County Middle and Ballard Memorial High schools will join them.
Morning and midday meals for all Ballard County Schools students will be free in 2014-15, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, according to Ballard Food Service Director Amber Hayes.
 
Schedule set for seventh annual Bomber Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 2
The seventh annual “Bomber Back-to-School Bash” will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. All students in the district will register for class, receive orientation information at all of Ballard’s schools, and be eligible to win a door prize. (A complete schedule of class orientations follows this story.)  
Parents asked to review immunization requirements
If you have a child entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, or transferring to Ballard County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, the following health requirements must be met to comply with Kentucky’s state regulations and will be strictly enforced.  
Parker named interim principal at BCMS
After two years at assistant principal at Ballard County Middle School, Amber Parker was named interim principal this week by the school’s Site-Based Decision-Making council.  
District hosts education law forum
Ballard County Schools hosted an education law forum on July 10 on the main campus. Ballard District Judge Keith Myers organized the forum, which was attended by about 30 attorneys, judges, legal service workers and educators from all four river counties, as well as Graves and McCracken counties.  
School marks 20th anniversary
Ballard County Elementary School marked its 20th anniversary on June 4 with a luncheon for current and former employees.  
BMHS graduates 88 class members
Ballard Memorial High School observed its 62st commencement exercises on May 30, with 88 students crossing the stage in the gymnasium here. There were three valedictorians, Devin Griffin, Cera Peck and Taylor Raffety. The two salutatorians were Millicent Kay Green and Lyndsey Grief. There were 12 additional honor graduates: Chad Adams, Elizabeth Chadwick, Logan Davis, Abbi Denton, Maggie Denton, Taylor Foster, Hailey Houston, Jessica Jones, Justin King, Shelby Rollings, Codi Sullenger and Shelbi Wiggins. 
Two BMHS teachers retire
Two long-time teachers at Ballard Memorial High School retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Shown from left are arts and humanities teacher Charlotte Farmer and business teacher Janice Hays enjoying their retirement reception at BMHS.  
Track team members place at state meet
Several members of Ballard Memorial High School’s track team placed in their respective events at the Kentucky state high school meet on May 24. The BMHS track coach is Brenda Arington.  
BMHS grads receive over $250,000 in scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school on May 16. Guidance counselor Leslee Davis said that graduating seniors received over $250,000 in local, college and university scholarships. 
First Community Bank makes first donation to educational foundation
First Community Bank was indeed first – making the first donation to an educational foundation being formed in Ballard County. The ceremonial $5,000 check was presented to Ballard Superintendent Casey Allen and Ballard Memorial High School Principal David Meinschein on May 7 in the media center at BMHS. 
Jones to represent BMHS at prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program

Ballard Memorial High School junior Breanna Jones was selected as one of this year’s Governor’s Scholars Program participants. She was chosen from a pool of nearly 2,000 high-achieving applicants from across the state.
 

BMHS cooking team going to state competition
A team from Ballard Memorial High School’s culinary class earned the right to move on to the “Sweet 16” by winning the district Kentucky Farm-to-School Junior Chef competition, held at Graves County Middle School on April 28. 
Broadcasting team named best in state for fourth year in a row
Ballard Memorial High School’s broadcasting team was named best in the state in the Class A (under 600 students) for the fourth year in a row.  
Yearbook named best overall in state contest
Ballard Memorial High School placed in all categories in this year’s Kentucky High School Journalism Association awards this year. The 2013 yearbook, titled “Identity,” was awarded best overall yearbook design in Class A.  
BCES principal recognized as one of UK’s ‘Teachers Who Made a Difference’
Vicki Gough, principal of Ballard County Elementary School, was honored April 26 by the University of Kentucky College of Education with one of their “Teachers Who Made a Difference” award. Gough, a UK alumnus, is shown here with the former student who nominated her, Devante Hollowell. He is a 2012 graduate of Ballard Memorial High School, one of her former students, and currently, a sophomore at UK. 
Scholarships offered now for GED testing by Ballard County Adult Education Center
If you’ve been thinking about getting your GED, now is the perfect time. This this important academic credential can help you meet your goals, and the Ballard County Adult Education Center is now offering scholarships toward the cost of the GED test on a limited, first-come, first-ready basis.  
Reminder issued for sixth-grade, other immunizations; school nurses can help
All students entering sixth grade at Ballard County Middle School in the fall are required to have a physical and several immunizations (TDaP, meningitis and second varicella-chickenpox). The school nurse can provide both the physical and these shots if a student has Medicaid or no insurance.  
New minimum age requirement for preschool takes effect this fall
As a result of Kentucky House Bill 235, changes were made in the Kentucky State-Funded Preschool Program. A new minimum age requirement for state-funded preschool students will take effect this fall, moving from Oct. 1 to Aug. 1.  
BMHS softball team makes All A Elite 8
Ballard Memorial High School's softball team won its way to the Elite 8 in the state All A tournament, held April 26-27 in Owensboro. BMHS player Leah Shelley, an eighth-grader, was named to the event's All Tournament team.      
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