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October 26, 2022 Board Meeting Recap

The Ball-Chatham Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting at the District Office in Chatham, Ill. on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

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.

Additionally, here is a link to Supt. Dr. Lamon’s video recap of the meeting.


GMS Softball State Champions - The Board recognized the GMS 3A State Champion Softball team. Under the leadership of Head Coach, Terry McDevitt, and Assistant Coach, Janna Johnson, our softball team completed an undefeated season, culminating in a thrilling 7-6 victory over Frankfort Hickory Creek in the state championship game. Softball finished the season with a perfect record of 17-0. They have won 61 games in a row and won the last three state championships dating back to the 2019 season.

Members of the State Champion roster are:

#3 Taylor Dalby

#5 Alexa Gerloff

#6 Jemma Carey

#7 Kyleigh Donnelly

#8 Lauren Whitten

#9 Kileigh Warren

#10 Malia Meyer

#11 Ava Bobb

#13 Maryn Dour

#14 Madeline Adams

#15 Hope Gilmore

#16 Kip Reincke

#17 Gracyn Lewis

#18 Lyla Badman

#20 Sydney Feld

#21 Sophia Feld

#22 Alyvia Streb

#23 Morgan Wiezorek

Head Coach - Terry McDevitt

Assistant Coach - Janna Johnson

This was an informational item only.

2022 GMS Girls and Boys Cross Country State Champions - The Board then recognized our GMS 3A State Champion Girls and Boys Cross Country team. Led by head coach Ryan Staley and assistant coaches Lisa Bostrom and Frank Verenski, our cross country teams completed a dominating season, culminating in a 3A state championship for both the girls and the boys. The last time Glenwood won both team titles dates back to 2009! In addition to winning state as a team, both teams had individuals finish in the top 25 to earn All-State accolades, including all five scoring positions on the girls side to outscore the runner-up by 121 points. The 4th and 5th runners on the boys side proved to be the difference maker against the runner-up, Morton. Glenwood edged out Morton, 135 to 166.

Members of the State Champion roster are:


Brenna Sloman - 4th (All-State)

Sophie Rentmeister - 10th (All-State)

Ali Londrigan - 14th (All-State)

Ali Broaddus - 16th (All-State)

Aubrey Kinkelaar - 18th (All-State)

Preslie Daley - 31st

Addie Hamrick - 32nd


Demi Matthew, Kenna Meier, Mia Thomas


Laken Chabak - 6th (All-State)

Jack Evans - 18th (All-State)

Nate Mansfield - 25th (All-State)

Adam Galvan - 34th

Ari Anderson - 52nd

Cohen Reid - 56th

Sam Snider - 87th

Alternates: Jax Barton, Rowan McCormick, Hudson Schneider

This was an informational item only.

BES Presentation - Ball Elementary School Principal, Tricia Burke, shared their vision of Belonging, Encouraging, and Succeeding and how students are leading the way. A link to the presentation can be found here. BES also shared an update on their Gold Circle of Quality rating within their Preschool for All program through ExceleRate Illinois, that state’s quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development programs. This was an informational item only.

Citizens - Opportunity for Visitors to Address the School Board Concerning any Agenda Topic - None were noted.



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



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



GHS/GMS Door Repair/Replacement Project - Mike Dobbs, Director of Facilities and Grounds, reviewed the recommendation to move forward by awarding the Door Repair/Replacement Project to Swartz Construction. The overall cost of the project is $182,419 which includes a 10% contingency and all architectural fees. The project is scheduled to begin upon receipt of the materials, with a substantial completion date of January 9, 2023. The bid tabulation for the project can be found here. Board members voted to approve the GHS/GMS Door Repair/Replacement Project, as presented.

Approve School Maintenance Project Grant - The administration recommended that the BOE approve for submission to Illinois State Board of Education for School Maintenance Grant in the amount $50,000. ISBE required formal BOE approval as part of the grant application process. The District has received these grant monies in FY22, FY 20, FY14 and FY12. Monies have been made available again for this initiative. The grant requires 1:1 matching dollars. The Board approved the School Maintenance Project Grant (7-0) as presented.

Short and Long-Term Facilities Plan - The Board heard a recommendation from administration to hire Graham & Hyde Architects to assist the district in assessing our current structures and facilities for their current conditions, and help make a plan for future costs toward maintenance and replacement as we begin the process of developing a short and long-term facilities plan. A link to asset evaluation bid can be found here. A link to Graham & Hyde’s hours rates can be found here. After discussion, the Board voted to approved having Graham & Hyde conduct an assessment of the District’s current structures and facilities, as well as help make a plan for future costs toward maintenance and replacement as we begin the process of maintenance and replacement, as presented.

Snow Removal Contract - Director of Facilities and Grounds, Mike Dobbs, sought approval to move forward with awarding the district’s Snow Removal Contract to Mr. Frosty. The contract is for three (3) years beginning October 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025. The recommendation is based on the base bid cost of $60,000 per year, $.75/Lb. for salt application and $1.00/Lb. for ice melt application. The vendor has verified that his firm owns adequate equipment to accomplish all snow removal requirements and no rental equipment will be used. A link to the bid information can be found here. The Board voted (7-0) to approve the snow removal contract with Mr. Frosty, as presented.



Future Board Meeting Dates / Dates for 2022/23SY

  • November 2, 2022 - Facilities and Grounds Committee Meeting (4 p.m.)

  • November 22, 2022 - Finance Committee Meeting (4 p.m.)

  • November 30, 2022 - Regular Board Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

Citizens - Opportunity for Visitors to Address the School Board Concerning any Topic - None were noted.