Ball-Chatham Schools Referendum To Appear On November Ballot

The Ball-Chatham School Board voted unanimously Monday to support a referendum that would ensure construction in the school district without raising taxes.

Voters will make the final decision in November.

The support from the school board comes after a presentation last month from a task force called “Building on Excellence.”

The chair of the task force, Reverend Kevin Anderson, says the district can extend its current bond repayment tax levy through 2030 to pay for the work.  If growth of the school district stays above 2.6 percent, residents will not have to pay higher taxes for the estimated 35 million dollar construction project.

The multi-phase building plan includes additions to Glenwood High, Glenwood Intermediate and Glenwood Elementary Schools, as well as the demolition and replacement of the 1926 section of Ball Elementary.

The task force has five months until Election Day to convince voters that this plan for funding the construction will work.

Also at last night’s School Board Meeting, the board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with WSEC-PBS concerning leasing or buying space in the station’s building for school administrative offices.

-Ann Strahle, WUIS

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