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Dear Titan Families,

My messages typically are written to share all of the outstanding achievements of our students and staff, and other matters pertaining to this great school community.   However, this message is simply about what I believe is truly important in life, and is why, with a heavy heart that I share this message with our community about recent tragedies within our school district. 

As you know, we have lost two phenomenal students: Trent Barnard and Joey Sandhaas, since the start of this calendar year. Another wonderful student, Carlos Wingo (a third grader at BES) continues his fight at a Nashville hospital.

This has been a very heartbreaking and challenging time for us all. It is a tragedy to lose a life, and it is even more difficult when it is a young person full of potential.

Coping with the death of a student is never easy. Family and friends feel the loss most intensely - that I can attest to personally  - but our entire community mourns when we lose someone so young. When we face such situations, many of us, students and adults, experience feelings of anxiety, confusion, and sadness. Of course, we will continue to offer counseling support to our students at each of our schools. However, our counselors also have many great resources to help parents and other family members who are struggling, as do our local funeral homes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are in need. 

I encourage us all to surround the Sandhaas, Barnard, and Wingo families with the love and support they need during this difficult time.

With Titan Pride,

Supt. Dr. Douglas Wood


Douglas A. Wood, Ph.D

Address: 201 W. Mulberry, Chatham, IL 62629

P: 217-483-2416| F: 217-483-2940 | E: dwood@bcsd5.org