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Powers and Duties of the School Board 

The powers and duties of the School Board are enumerated in The School Code of Illinois. The School Board also functions with the framework of laws, court decisions, standards and directives of the State Board of Education and similar mandates from the state and national levels of government.


The powers and duties of the School Board generally include:

  • Formulation and adoption of policies governing the organization of the schools and the procedures to be used in their operation;

  • Appointment of all staff members and determination of their compensation;

  • Approval the annual budget, tax levies, major expenditures, payment of obligations, annual audit and other aspects involving the financial operation of the district;

  • Provision for the construction and maintenance of adequate physical facilities;

  • Approval of courses of study, textbooks and educational services to be provided;

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the educational program through consideration of studies and reports;

  • Interpretation of the activities and operations of the schools to the community and representing the needs and desires of the community in educational matters.


Official decisions of the School Board can be reached only at duly constituted School Board meetings. Individual School Board members or groups of School Board members do not have independent authority to speak for the Board and shall make no out-of-meeting commitments on behalf of the School Board unless directed to do so at an official Board meeting.


Policies adopted by the School Board will be listed on the District's website to the right.


LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-1 et seq., 5/17-1, and 5/27-1

115 ILCS 5/1 et seq.

23 Ill Admin. Code, Section 1.210(b).


Contact the Board

All members of the Board may be reached by e-mail and U.S. mail. E-mail addresses are listed on the member profile page with their corresponding photos.


To send a message via U.S. mail. write to:

Ball-Chatham Board of Education, District Office

201 W. Mulberry St., Chatham, Illinois 62626


To send a fax:

Send fax messages to the District Office, c/o the Superintendent: 217-483-2940.

NOTE: Individuals who write or email the School Board should be aware that their correspondence may be subject to examination and copying by others pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

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