Ballard Schools Set SBDM Dates, Change Bus Routes
By WestKyStar Staff
LA CENTER, KY - Ballard County Schools have announced a change in their school bus routes, and have set the schedule for School-Based Decision-Making Councils in the district.
The SBDM councils at Ballard Memorial High, Ballard County Middle and Elementary schools will meet the second Monday of each month during the 2012-13 academic year. Those dates are Sept. 10, Oct. 15 (moved due to dates of fall break; still Oct. 8 at BCES), Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10 and July 15.
Meeting times and council members are as follows:
BMHS: Meetings are at 3:30 pm in the BMHS conference room at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow. Parents are Kelly Scott and Leslie King. Teachers are Cindy Allardin, Carrol Wedgewood and Leslie Davis. The administrator is David Meinschein.
BCMS: Meetings are at 3:30 pm in the BCMS conference room at 3565 Paducah Road, Barlow. Parents are Tiffany Sanders and Korrie Purcell. Teachers are Cindy White, Mitch Kimball and Erika Damron. Administrator is Kevin Estes.
BCES: Meetings are at 4 pm in the principal’s office at 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow. Parents are Chris Downing and Ronda Gibson. Teachers are Stephanie Joles, Michele Chandler and Mary Anne Wells-Farmer. Administrator is Phillip Harned.
The Ballard County Board of Education also meets the second Monday of each month, at 6 pm in the board office at 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow. Members are Karen Tilford, District 1; Kim Terrell, District 2; Haskell Sheeks, District 3; Cara Mills, District 4; and Tammy Dennis, District 5.
For more information, please contact the respective school office. Main number for all is 665-8400; extensions are 2201 for Harned, 2301 for Estes, 2501 for Meinschein and 2000 for the board office.
The LaCenter route for bus 0901 will be eliminated on Sept. 10, and several existing bus routes will be modified to absorb the passenger, according to Kerry Fulcher, transportation director at Ballard County Schools.
The old 0901 route was primarily a city route on the west side of LaCenter, he said. Students who rode that bus will be moved to other buses, and should see little or no change in pick-up and drop-off times, Fulcher explained.
Passengers of buses with changed routes may see no change, or might see no more than a 5- to 7-minute increase in transit times for some students, he said. Those include buses 5, 6, 7, 15, 18, 24, 32 and 1001. Drivers of those buses will contact parents to explain the changes, Fulcher added.
“It’s a matter of efficiency, with hopefully, little or no change of routine for the affected families,” he explained. “This should mean nearly all of our buses will have dropped off all students by around 4 p.m. during the afternoon run.”
Fulcher also mentioned that the district still is looking for qualified applicants for driver, monitors and sub positions. For more information on jobs or the new bus routes, please contact him at 665-8400, ext. 2002, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective employees also may visit the district web page at www.ballard.kyschools.us, and look for the “Employment opportunities” link on the right side of the home page.