The Ballard school board has unanimously approved the language of a $19,850,000 bond referendum, with a special voting date set for Dec. 11.

The bond is not to exceed $19,850,000 and will provide funds to construct, furnish and equip additions to the existing middle school; improve the site to remodel, repair, furnish and equip the existing stadium facility and will improve security by reconstructing entrances and exits at the existing East and West elementary schools. Doctor Kirk Peterson made motion to approve, with a second from Brandee Gatchel. The motion passed unanimously.

The middle school renovation represents the majority of the bond amount. Haila Architecture presented some detailed examples from other schools about how they communicated with their constituencies on the information needed for voters to make an educated decision based on tax impact, and why there’s a need. The Ballard School District is in the process of planning building tours and town hall meetings, in addition to the distribution of fliers and posters around town. The town hall meeting dates are set for Nov. 6 and Dec.r 3.

In other business:

• The board awarded its “High Flyer Award” to Brenda Brink for her work with Dollars for Scholars. Over the course of her seven-year tenure, the organization has raised over $240,000 for over 540 Ballard graduates. ““When I joined the district, it was a well-oiled machine and I appreciate how organized it was,” said Superintendent Maxey. “Without your leadership, it wouldn’t be where it is today.”

• Ned Miller presented a new District Safety Plan to the board. “I believe the plan is well-written and more than meets the state requirement and it reflects the culture that Ballard set several years ago,” said Miller. The board approved the plan unanimously. Miller said there is a lot of ongoing training, and the reception from Ballard staff and faculty has been great.