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River Valley AgCredit makes donation to FFA River Valley AgCredit makes donation to FFA
Ballard Memorial High School's FFA chapter was among the clubs that received donations from River Valley AgCredit last week. The $6,000 will be used for repair and finishing in both of the chapter greenhouses, and to automate them for a hydroponics system.   
New no-smoking signs signal state policy change New no-smoking signs signal state policy change
In the 2019 legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly voted to make all public school property smoke-free by July 1, 2020. Following this change in state law (KRS 438.345), the Ballard County Board of Education voted earlier this year to implement the new rules on the state's 2020 date.

While Ballard's buildings have been smoke-free for some time, new signs have gone up around exterior spaces on campus, including Bomber Field for football, and the baseball and softball fields.   

Long hired as varsity baseball coach Long hired as varsity baseball coach
Award-winning veteran coach Jimmy Long has been hired as Ballard Memorial's new head baseball coach.

Long coached multiple sports at Heath High School, compiling a 193-62 record in baseball from 2002-2008. His teams won the 2nd District championship every one of those years, the 1st Region championship five times, and the All A Classic state championship in 2004.  

FFA members take honors at Kentucky State Fair FFA members take honors at Kentucky State Fair
Members of the Ballard Memorial High School chapter of Future Farmers of America took top-three honors at the Kentucky State Fair recently.

Junior Tinslee Williams took first place in the wheat crop competition, and junior Zoe Wilson took third place in the student photography competition.

Members Evan Cox, Byron Hack, Williams, and Kylee Bodell also worked in the WAVE River Counties booth in the Pride of the Counties hall.  

O'Connor hired as varsity softball coach O'Connor hired as varsity softball coach
Bobby O’Connor has been hired as Ballard Memorial’s new head softball coach. He also will assist new Ballard County Middle School softball coach Scott Alexander this fall.

O’Connor is no stranger to Ballard sports. He was assistant BCMS football coach under LeToun Bledsoe for the 2014 team that won the divisional championship. O’Connor also was the girls’ basketball coach for three years, boys’ seventh-grade basketball coach for two years, and assistant softball coach for two years, all at BCMS. He was Ballard Rec League coordinator for softball, baseball and T-ball for three years, and currently is finishing up his seventh season as Ballard Bombshells’ summer league coach.  

Bomber Back-to-School Bash set for Saturday, Aug. 10
     The 12th annual “Bomber Back-to-School Bash” will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All students in the district will register for class, receive orientation information at all of Ballard’s schools. (A complete schedule of class orientations accompanies this story.) A district-wide safety update will be held at 11 a.m., and all parents are invited.

In addition to students and parents, the public is invited to a health and community resource fair in the Ballard Memorial High School gym at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow, from 8 to 11 a.m. Family Focus (elementary school) and Teen Focus (middle and high schools) will have school supplies in the gym’s concession area for those who qualify.   

BMHS progress reports will be mailed week of Jan. 7; ACT available on Feb. 19 at reduced rate
Progress reports from Ballard Memorial High School will not go out this week; they will be mailed the week of Jan. 7, 2019. Also, students in 10th and 12th grades  may take the ACT during school on Feb. 19 at a reduced rate of $35. Payment must be made to BMHS Counselor Renee McDermott by Jan. 9.  
Financial aid workshop to be held Nov. 20 in HS/MS library
Chase Durrance, this area's representative from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, will a host a free drop-in student-parent FAFSA workshop in the Ballard Memorial High School library on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 3-6 p.m. 
Time changing on first doors open at all schools
Doors at all district schools - Ballard County Elementary, Ballard County Middle and Ballard Memorial High schools - will not open until 7:15 a.m. this year. This includes the BCMS and BMHS gyms, and all other doors.  
Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator
Ballard County Schools has named Terri Wehmeyer its successful candidate for district director of special education and Ballard County Preschool coordinator, effective July 1.

She had been director of special education and preschool at Crittenden County for the last year, and dean of students at the Grand Chain Learning Center/JAMP for the year before that. Wehmeyer also taught at Lone Oak High School for six years, and spent four years as a special education teacher at Paducah Middle School. She has been employed in the educational setting since 1999.  

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