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     Ballard County schools showed some of their best-ever test scores, and one area requiring improvement in accountability results released to the public recently. Scores are from assessments taken during the 2017-18 school year.
     The 2017-18 ACT score was Ballard Memorial High School's best to date (19.9), and largest one-year increase (from 19.0 in 2016-17) since mandatory testing of all juniors began in 2007-08. The 19.9 composite score was in the top 25 percent in the state, and third-highest in the Purchase Region. ACT scores from this year's senior class exceeded state averages in four of five areas: 19.9 in English (state 18.8), 19.7 in math (18.8 in math), 19.9 in science (19.2), and 19.9 composite (19.3). Only the reading score of 19.6 in reading was slightly below the state average of 19.8. 
Ballard County Schools has a number of safety measures in place throughout the district to keep students, staff and visitors protected. A recent media story only listed a few of those existing measures, but here is a more complete list: [ for more]

Posted Monday, August 20, 2018

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.  
To improve student safety and parent experience, the pick-up and drop-off procedures at Ballard County Preschool - Head Start are changing this year when BCPS opens on Aug. 27.

All regular-day drop-offs will take place behind the preschool, as well as the morning and noontime pick-ups. The ONLY pick-up that still will be in front of the building is the 3:30 p.m. pick-up. Please read the rest of this story very carefully, and contact us at 270-665-8400, ext. 2100, if you have any questions. We want this transition to be as smooth and easy as possible for our students and parents.

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Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Sheffer named new principal at BCES
The Site-Based Decision-Making Council at Ballard County Elementary School has named Chris Sheffer its successful candidate to be the school’s principal, effective July 1.

The Ballard County native had been assistant principal Morgan Elementary School since 2011, including work as a positive behavior coach there. Sheffer was principal at Carlisle County Middle School from 2009-11, and a teacher, athletic director, interventionist and tutor at Ballard County Middle School from 2002-09. He also was a teacher at BCES from 2001-02.

Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinatorBallard 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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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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