BALLINGER – The work is ongoing at Ballinger ISD with recent completed improvements to the high school auditorium and plans in the works for kitchen and bathroom improvements as well.

BALLINGER – The work is ongoing at Ballinger ISD with recent completed improvements to the high school auditorium and plans in the works for kitchen and bathroom improvements as well. The improvement projects were discussed at the last meeting of the BISD board of trustees.

Most recently, work was completed on a new state of the art sound and lighting system at the auditorium, which cost $90,000.

Superintendent Jeff Butts said the lighting and sound project is something that has been “needed for a long time.”

Just before the One Act Play competition held there in March, the improvements were made.

“It is a huge improvement,” Butts said. “The system can be operated via a phone or an iPad. It is a very good system that will last a long time.”

The project was completed by Tarpley Media of Lubbock. The company installed what they call Chauvet lighting and JBL audio for the theater.

Butts said the only other project with the auditorium will be to replace the carpet.

“As much as the community uses this place it needs to be kept up,” Butts said.

A request for proposals has been issued for work to be done to the plumbing in the kitchen and the two bathrooms near the auditorium, Superintendent Jeff Butts explained.

That project could cost upwards of half a million dollars, Butts said.

All of the projects are being paid from funds that are stockpiled by the district through the Tax Ratification Election held in 2007.

“These funds are used for construction projects,” Butts said.

Construction on these two projects is set to begin the day after school is out, Butt said, adding that the restrooms could be put on hold.

“It is imperative that we get that kitchen finished before school starts,” Butts said. “The kitchen is the priority.”

The district is also making improvements to the Ag barns and the industrial arts programs. They are in the process of drawing up plans for the Ag barns and have purchased a few pieces of equipment for industrial arts.

“We have purchased a table saw, and computerized router,” Butts said.

Also during the meeting the board approved the district’s utilization of COPSync 911 threat alert system. Ballinger ISD will be among schools in 14 states across the country that utilizes the software. The system is activated by faculty and staff when a threatening incident arises allowing employees to send silent alerts to other employees and law enforcement.