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Board Meeting Recap - 10/25/23

The Ball-Chatham Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting at the District Office in Chatham, Il on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.

The following is a summation of the items discussed and those that were approved, as well as links to those items in the Board packet.

The video feed of the full meeting experienced a brief technical issue. As a result, it is divided into four clips. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. All videos are available on the BCSD5 YouTube Channel.


-The Board recognized the 2023 GMS Boys Baseball State Championship team and CACC Students of the month.

-GMS staff shared about new math resources for the school year.

-Mike Dobbs of Facilities & Grounds discussed past, current, and future projects.

-Dr. Lamon provided an overview of class size.


-The Board adopted consent and personnel consent agenda items listed in the board packet.


-The Board discussed and approved submission to the ISBE School Maintenance Grant.


-Future Meeting dates:

11/8 - 4p - Facilities and Grounds - District Office

11/20 - 5:30p - Policy - District Office

11/21 - 4:00p - Finance - District Office

*11/29 - 6:30p - Regular Board Meeting - District Office (*Rescheduled from previous date)


The following individuals addressed the Board:

-Julie McAlister, BCEA Pres, voiced concern about the Payroll issue from 10/6 and also about substitutes who only received a week’s pay after a pay period was changed without advanced notice.

-Jessica Ogden, CES teacher, shared about how the payroll issue from 10/6 impacted her as she did not receive her pay until the following Tuesday.

-Mary Meisner, CES teacher, shared about how she witnessed several staff members experience stress when they did not receive their paychecks as expected.

-Carrie Jeffries, former CES teacher and parent, expressed concern regarding transportation issues and also shared that she was unaware her student would receive a breathalyzer check at homecoming. She also expressed concern and disappointment about the payroll issue.

-Tina Greene, GIS teacher, discussed being upset about increasing health insurance premiums.

-Rebecca Stork, GES parent, addressed the Board about her student that is being bullied.



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