Funds donated to the Ballard Education Foundation will provide unique educational experiences and curriculum opportunities through:
Foundation Operational Fund:
The Foundation Operational Fund will be used to deposit funds from general fundraising events, cash contributions, will bequests, insurance policies, and memorials and tributes. Funds will then be allocated to one of the four specific fund categories below:
Technology & Learning Fund:
The Technology & Learning Fund will provide grants for projects and programs designed to promote and maintain the use of state-of-the-art technologies in teaching and learning, as well as provide educational experiences for Ballard students that will prepare them for the work and learning environments of the future.
Teacher Innovation Fund:
The Teacher Innovation Funds will assist teachers in developing new and innovative instructional ideas for their classrooms and meet the instructional needs of teachers. Teachers will apply for these grants which may be used to procure equipment, supplies, and materials.
Facility Improvements Fund:
The Facility Improvements Funds will provide funds for the Ballard Community School District for large capital projects that cannot currently be supported by the funded school budget. This fund will support the district’s facility master plan. Examples could include new construction or remodeling projects.
Curriculum Enrichment Fund:
The focus of the Curriculum Enrichment Fund will be on the programs, supplies, and experiences that will enhance opportunities and support real world application of the concepts and skills for students. Examples could include Literacy, High School Dual Credit Courses or Enrichment Initiatives.
The 2015-2016 priorities (with cost estimations) include the following:
Teacher Innovation: fund 10 teacher innovation grants ($5,000)
Curriculum Enhancement: promote literacy by purchasing classroom book collections ($25,000); provide seed money for middle school special interest clubs ($2,500); offer high school agricultural education program funds for start-up needs ($5,000)