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District Perspectives – April 2015
By Supt. Carrie Hruby

​From the moment I was honored to accept the Ball-Chatham Superintendent position, we have navigated difficult terrain.  One of the most difficult matters is the reduction of state funding to Illinois schools.  This year is no different.  Last week there were hundreds of legislative bills considered in committees at the Capitol.  Action was taken to address the state’s budget deficit for the remainder of this fiscal year.  HB 317 and 318 are expected to close a $1.6 billion budget deficit by reducing dedicated state funds and cutting 2.25% of all other state budget line items. This equates to a $150 million loss for public education in the state. Those bills became Public Act 99-0001 and Public Act 99-0002 when the Governor signed them.  http://www.iasb.com/govrel/alr9912.cfm.
In addition, the State has released anticipated reductions based on SB1 (School Funding Reform).  The impact to Ball-Chatham could be a $1.2 million overall annual reduction in State funding. Further, we’re hearing that school districts should not count on receiving one, or even possibly two, of the four categorical payments owed by the State. The loss of these would further add to our current year (14-15) deficit by $630,000 - $1.25 million. And then there’s pension reform, which is still an unknown at this time but could increase our expenditures significantly going forward. Read more...

Glenwood Athletic Booster News
Athletic Boosters Plan “Takeover Night” at Buffalo Wild Wings April 27
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters are planning a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on April 27th.  Present a ticket from the attached flyer and Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food sales, for dine-in and carry-out orders, to the Athletic Boosters. Guests must present a ticket in order for their food purchase to count towards our donation to the boosters. One check per ticket. For example, if a family of four pays on one check, they only need to have one ticket.
Takeover Night groups may not pass out tickets to guests who are arriving or who are already in the restaurant (this includes the parking lot and any BWW property in general); this is considered solicitation and it is prohibited. Any solicitation that occurs on Buffalo Wild Wings property will result in forfeiting of the donation from the Takeover Night. 

2015 GHS Summer Sports Camps
Glenwood Sports Camps Announced!
The Glenwood High School Sports Camps have been announced for this summer! Click here for details on all the camps and the registration form. Registration is due by May 8. Registrations received after May 22 are subject to a $5 per child late fee.

Village of Chatham Summer Program
Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program Announced
The Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program information is now available! There are programs for children and adults alike. Also included this year are the GHS Summer Sports Camps details. Click here for details!

Superintendent Search Update
Superintendent Profile Developed - Recruitment Begins

At its regular meeting on March 23, the Ball-Chatham Board of Education received the superintendent profile developed by School Exec Connect.  The District had asked the firm to develop the profile in order to garner a better understanding of the school community members’ perceptions specific to a new superintendent. They received feedback through 11 different focus groups, two open forums (one community and one staff), and an online survey. After compiling the responses, the profile was summarized with the following:
The new superintendent should be a person who:
  1. Understands school finance and makes wise, equitable decisions regarding the allocation of limited resources.
  2. Is technology-literate.  Supports technology integration and 21st Century learning skills. Plans for a technology infrastructure that addresses both immediate fixes and long- term sustainability.
  3. Will educate and guide the Board to perform within their roles of governance and oversight, and entrust employees with the daily operation of the District.
  4. Can put the spotlight back on then students and take it off of the unfavorable actions of a past administration. Helps re-establish pride in the District and community.
  5. Has the ability to make tough decisions and set boundaries, even when not popular.
  6. Is a strong educational leader who will stay focused on the students, maximize educational opportunities, and ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
  7. Will orchestrate the development of a vision and strategic plan that will serve as a viable roadmap for the future of the District.
  8. Can build positive relationships with all stakeholders to establish trust.
  9. Builds good teams, empowers and inspires, is collaborative, transparent and ensures accountability.
  10. Is visible in the schools and at school events. Is involved in community organizations and events. Will become vested in the District and the community.
  11. Is warm, approachable, genuine and confident.
  12. Can manage the unique issues that result from rapid growth in population: facilities, diversity (socio, race), staffing, busing, finance, etc.
A link to the full report can be accessed here.
The following is a timeline of the next steps in the search process:
  • By May 7, 2015 – Consultants interview and vet promising candidates
  • May 11, 2015 - Consultants present a slate of 5-7 recommended candidates to the Board
  • May 15-16, 2015 - Board conducts initial interviews of 5-7 candidates (Candidate interviews with representatives from the staff and community at this stage TBD.)
  • May 19-21, 2015 - Board conducts second interviews of three finalists over 3- day period. Finalists will be interviewed by representatives from the staff and community.
  • May 26, 2015 - Board selects their top choice and may choose to conduct a site visit or conduct reference calls. Board negotiates contract with selected candidate.
  • By June 1, 2015 - Board takes formal action on the new superintendent’s contract
  • July 1, 2015 - New Superintendent assumes duties
Throughout the search process, regular updates will be posted on the District webpage and emailed to parents/guardians.
Athletic Booster Golf Outing May 31
Glenwood Athletic Booster Golf Outing May 31
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters invite everyone to participate in their annual golf outing May 31 at Piper Glen Golf Course. Please plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. for registration and lunch. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. $100 per golfer includes: 18 holes with cart; lunch; two on-course beverage and game areas; dinner and prizes. Checks should be made payable to the Glenwood Athletic Boosters. Registration form and payment, due by April 30, can be returned to the high school Athletics Office, or mailed to GHS, 1501 E. Plummer in Chatham. 

Pre-K Screening
Pre-K Spring Screening
The Ball-Chatham Pre-K Spring Screening dates are April 30 and May 1. The comprehensive screening includes evaluations in the areas of: academic ability, speech and language development, fine and gross motor skills, and social/emotional development. Children must be three-years-old by the screening dates to be eligible for spring screening. An additional screening will be held in August for children turning three before September 1, 2015. 

Please call 483-2414 ext. 1302 on April 1st or 2nd between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to schedule an appointment for screening on April 30th or May 1st. 

District Announcements
Negotiations - Announcements

Stay Up-to-date with Contract Negotiations
The Board of Education is in the process of negotiating a contract with the BCEA.  Meetings are held in closed session, and details of progress remain confidential until the contract is ratified and approved.  Both the Board of Education and the BCEA agree that it is in everyone's best interest that progress be reported regularly. 


We'd like to hear from you!
Have a Great Idea to Improve Our Schools? 
Please feel free to email community@chathamschools.org with any and all ideas. Administrators will give each idea or recommendation their full consideration.

Ball-Chatham Supports Vision 20/20!

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