USD 470 Superintendent Ron Ballard will give a “State of Public Schools” address at the upcoming Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Noon Networking Luncheon on April 25 in the Wright Room at Cowley College’s Brown Center.

Ron Ballard


A soup, sandwich and salad lunch will be catered by Great Western Dining.

Reservations are open to any community member. Call (620) 442-0230 for details.

Ballard will present the challenges that the Arkansas City Public School District faces, and its plan to make a positive difference in children’s education and the community’s future.

Ballard said he specifically will touch on details of several programs planned for next year, which include:

  • major grants for USD 470;
  • all-day kindergarten with funding;
  • a blended preschool program;
  • expansion of the Head Start program, thanks to a federal grant;
  • exploration of community day care and an Early Childhood Center;
  • an agreement with Cowley College for expanded learning opportunities;
  • staying current with technology and workplace expectations;
  • finding, hiring and retaining high-quality teachers.

The Ark City Area Chamber’s Noon Networking Luncheons are intended to provide an opportunity for the development of community, serve as a venue for networking among professionals and community members, and act as a place to provide education and information for chamber members and the community.

This information was provided by Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kammy Downs.