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District Public Records & Web Posted Reports
All Ball-Chatham CUSD #5 public records documents may be accessed on this website. They may also be requested by calling the District Office at 217.483.2416. Links for the documents are as follows.
Freedom of Information Act Requests
Instructions for Requesting Information and Public Records:
Please make your request for records in writing. Ball-Chatham does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose, however, a form is available here. To submit the available form electronically you must save it to your computer then email it to the appropriate department below. You may submit your written request by email, mail, or in person. If sending your request via email, use FOIA in the subject line to identify your email as a FOIA request, and to reduce the possibility of its being filtered as SPAM.
Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. If you wish to ask questions of an administrator or department director, you may find a listing here.
Please tell us whether you would like copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to do either.
For black and white, letter or legal size copies, the first 50 pages are free, unless a different fee is otherwise fixed by statute. Any additional pages will be charged at .15 cents per page. Color and abnormal size copies will be charged the actual cost of copying.
You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: "I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request." In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest - not simply your personal interest - and merits a fee waiver.
Please include your name, email address, preferred telephone number(s), and mailing address.
Requests for access to the District's public records may be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Ball-Chatham District Office, 201 W. Mulberry, Chatham, IL 62629.
Statement of ADA Compliance
Ball-Chatham CUSD #5 recognizes the importance of ensuring that our website is accessible to those with disabilities. We are committed to making our information accessible to visitors with disabilities and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
This website endeavors to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible and the District is working to educate our staff so that the content they may post on their classroom websites will be compliant with the guidelines and be accessible to all visitors.
This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly. Ball-Chatham strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability as comprehensively as possible on this website. We are currently exploring compliance service opportunities that will scan our website and identify non-compliant elements or documents that need to be addressed.
Portable Document Format
Some documents on the Ball-Chatham website are produced in portable document format (PDF). In order to improve viewing these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available for free at the Adobe web site. Alternative accessible formats also are provided, where possible, most commonly through a text or an HTML file.
We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the Ball-Chatham website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.