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January 25, 2023 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. 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.


CACC Students of the Month

Board member and CACC Rep Andrea Rediger recognized the following students as CACC students of the month:

September: Ruth Turner - Audio/Video Production, Drew Verenski - Building Trades, Joan Gonzalez - Electrical Engineering, Emma Rightnowar - EMT, Luke Leahy - Law Enforcement, Macy Moriconi - Nursing Assistant, Jude Yakes - Welding II

October: Christina Mann - Audio/Video Production, Ryder Hollis - Auto Tech II, Madison Nava - Cosmetology, Apollo Nicholson - Graphic Arts, Dylan Smith - HVAC/E, Noelle Daniels - IT Networking/Cyber Security, Ty Draper - Welding I

November: Michelle Goutsalenko - Coop/WBL, Illyania Rocha - Graphic Arts, Yasmeen Salem - Nursing Assistant

December: Bryson Schnitker - Building Trades, Bryse Butler - Coop/WBL, Taryn Waterman - Cosmetology, Megan Ore - Medical Assistant, Traevion Amos - Nursing Assistant

GIS Leader Presentation

This was postponed due to an unforeseen circumstance

Curriculum and Instruction

Superintendent Dr. Becca Lamon and Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Farnsworth shared the first of a two-part annual report on curriculum, instruction, bullying, and equity. The updated goals are:

● Goal 1: Work to attract and retain highly qualified staff and increase staff diversity.

● Goal 2: Provide equitable opportunities and resources to lessen the achievement gap.

The full report is available here.

Citizens - Opportunity for Visitors to Address the School Board Concerning any Agenda Topic

Julie McAllister shared her encouragement and positive opinion of the ambassador program.


All members of the Board voted to approve the Consent items, which can be found here.


All members of the Board voted to approve the Personnel Consent items, which can be found here.


Second Reading of PRESS Policies 2:260 and 2:265

The board discussed Title IX, sexual harassment, and grievance policies. You can review the policies in detail here and here.


Future Board Meeting Dates

  • February 1, 2023 - Facilities and Grounds Committee Meeting (4:00)

  • February 14, 2023 - Finance Committee Meeting (4:00)

  • February 22, 2023 - Regular Board Meeting (6:30)

Citizens - Opportunity for Visitors to Address the School Board Concerning any Topic

Julie McAllister thanked the Board for its collaboration with the Ball-Chatham Education Association and introduced new BCEA secretary Christi Ropac.


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