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Board Meeting Recap

The Ball-Chatham Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting at the District Office in Chatham, IL on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.

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.



  • 4.1 Leadership Recognition - The Board recognized Shelley Lynch and Jennifer Lewis.  Shelley served as the President of BCESPA for the past two years and Jennifer served as the Treasurer for BCEA for the past two years.   


  • 4.2 Girl Scout Presentation - Junior Girl Scout Troop 6971 represents both the Chatham and Rochester communities and recently completed a Bronze Award Project in partnership with GIS and RIS counseling offices. Their Project entitled Hey! Yay! Be Ok! focuses on methods to reduce student anxiety.



  • 4.4 Citizens- Opportunity for Visitors to Address the School Board Concerning any Agenda Topic - No visitors spoke on agenda items.




  • The board adopted all items as listed in the board packet.




  • 7.1 GMS Social Studies Resource Adoption – The board voted to approve the grades 7-8 Social Studies Curriculum Resources for the purchase price of $92,945.90 from Cengage Learning.  


  • 7.2 Bid for GHS Track - The board voted to award the bid for the Glenwood High School track replacement project to Byrne and Jones Construction out of St. Louis, Mo. The overall cost of the project is estimated at $638,889 which includes all architectural fees and a 5% contingency to cover any unforeseen conditions


  • 7.3 Bid for GHS Roof Replacement Project (Phase III) - The board voted to award the GHS Roof Replacement Project (Phase III) to the Henson Robinson Company. The overall cost of the project is $944,658 which includes a 5% contingency and all architectural fees.  


  • 7.4 District Hazardous Walk Zones - Dr. Lamon presented the Serious Safety Hazards walk zones for GES, GIS, GMS, and GHS for students who live within the 1.5-mile radius of these school buildings.  Deeming these locations as Serious Safety Hazards allows the district to provide bussing for students in these areas. The board approved labeling the zones as Serious Safety Hazards.


  • 7.5 First Reading of PRESS Policies and District Reviewed Policies - The first reading of the policies listed in the board packet were presented to the Board as an information item on the agenda.




  • 8.1 GHS Presentation on eHallpass - GHS administration shared about the eHallpass program, which has decreased unexcused absences and saved instructional minutes.


  • 8.2 ESSER - 6-month update - Assistant Superintendent Farnsworth provided an overview of how the remaining ESSER funds are planned to be spent before September 30, 2024.


  • 8.3 Curriculum and Instruction Annual Report - Assistant Superintendent Farnsworth provided an overview of the work in progress for the 2023-2024 school year that addresses items in the Strategic Plan and Portraits of a Graduate and Educator.


  • 8.4 Future Board Meeting Dates / Dates for 2023/2024 SY - Future Board meetings were shared, including an addition that was not on the agenda for a Closed Session on Monday, January 29 for negotiation prep and personnel matters.


-Monday, February 5, 2024 at 5:30-7:30 PM - Policy Committee - District


-Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 4:00 PM - Finance Committee - District


-Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 4:00 PM - Facilities and Grounds

Meeting - District Office

-Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 6:30 PM (Open Session) - Regular

Board of Education Meeting - District Office


  • 8.5 Citizens - Opportunity for Visitors to Address the School Board Concerning Any Topic - Rollo Saucier spoke on behalf of the Friends of the Park to thank all of the BCSD students who helped volunteer their time to set up and tear down Light Up the Park. - Justin Sinner shared his concerns.

Thank You, 

BCSD5 Admin


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