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Elizabethtown Independent Schools announced the selection of Jon Ballard as its next superintendent during a special meeting
Ballard will replace Gary French, who plans to retire in July. Both educators are graduates of Elizabethtown High School.
"It's truly an honor to be superintendent of such a fine district," Ballard said.
He cited several former educators and the district's tradition of excellence in a brief acceptance speech.
Ballard presently serves as an associate superintendent of the Hardin County Schools.
Several members of his family were among the crowd gathered for the meeting. Ballard's wife, Courtney, is a teacher at St. James School where their sons, Ethan and Jack, are enrolled.
The special school board meeting was the first held in the conference room at Panther Academy, the preKinderarten center on North Mulberry Street built during French's administration.
For detailed coverage, see Thursday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.