BOE and BCEA Reach Agreement
The Ball-Chatham School District Board of Education and the Ball-Chatham Education Association have come to an agreement for the 2014-15 teacher contract. The one-year contract includes: 1.5% increase to the base salary schedule, plus approximately 1.5% step increases for each teacher and lane advancement for those eligible. Language items were clarified, with some minor revisions.
“I am pleased with the contract that was negotiated, and am inspired by the spirit and good will demonstrated by all who took part in the negotiations process,” says Supt. Carrie Hruby.
Because of the State of Illinois’ tenuous budget and resulting proration to school districts, along with the possibility of future pension reform, both sides agreed that a one-year contract was prudent at this time. BCEA members completed their vote the morning of July 28. The Board of Education approved the contract at their meeting in the evening of July 28.
Online Registration Begins July 21 and Ends August 1 - Walk-in Registration August 7
Online registration for the 2014-15 school year begins Monday, July 21, and will close August 1.
Walk-in registration will take place August 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. for BES, CES, GES, GMS & GHS. Walk-in registration for GIS will be held August 7 at Ball Elementary, from 3 to 6 p.m. Parents of returning students who choose to attend walk-in registration will be directed to complete their child’s registration online in their school’s computer lab. Staff will be on hand to assist if needed. New families will still need to fill out paperwork, however, as they are not in the district’s Skyward system.
Online Registration Tutorial is found here and under Parent/Families drop down. Transcript is also available under the Parent/Families drop down menu.
District Events Calendar Now Available
The 2014-15 District Events Calendar is available by clicking here! Please keep in mind that dates and times of events are subject to change throughout the year, and new events could be added. After the new school year begins, please check the calendar on your school’s website regularly for confirmation.
Fees Approved for 2014-15 School Year
The Ball-Chatham Board of Education recently approved the fee structure for the 2014-15 school year. They may be paid through online registration this summer (July 21-August 1) or during Walk-in Registration on August 7 at each building (except GIS, which will be held at Ball Elementary due to construction) from 3 to 6 p.m.
- K-4 Book Rental Fee - $130
- 5-12 Book Rental Fee - $155
- K-12 Technology Fee - $25
- GHS Student Parking Fee, Grades 9-12, $60
- Driver’s Ed, $250
- GHS Dual Credit, $50 (per class)
- Athletic Fees, $100 (1 sport); $150 (2 sports); $300 (for a family)
Student Breakfast and Lunch Prices (Per Meal)
K-12 Breakfast, $1.50
K-6 Lunch, $2.25
7-12 Lunch, $2.50
Milk, $ .40
Titan Superheroes Program Expanding to BES, CES & GIS
Due to the immense popularity of the Titan Superheroes program that was piloted at Glenwood Elementary this past school year, the District would like to expand the program to include 4th-5th grade boys at Ball Elementary, Chatham Elementary, and GIS next school year - and we're looking for sponsors!
The Superheroes program was the idea of GHS student, Eli Day. Together with his mother, Crystal Day, a fourth grade teacher at GES, and Pam Hogan, PE teacher at GES, an innovative program was designed to empower boys with the skills needed to face challenges in today’s society while developing leadership skills with an emphasis on respect, self-discipline, positive attitude, and sportsmanship. If you would like to help sponsor this program, click here for details!
Glenwood Elementary Opening Doors Later Next Year
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Glenwood Elementary will open its doors for students at 8:20 a.m. for both bus and car riders. This is a change from the current school year. Opening the school's doors a bit later will allow its teachers more time for collaboration and professional development. Please note the change as you plan for the next school year.
Stay Up-to-date with Contract Negotiations
The Board of Education is in the process of negotiating contracts between two collective bargaining associations, the BCEA and the BCESPA. Meetings are held in closed session, and details of progress remain confidential until the contract is ratified and approved. Both teams agree that it is in the best interest of the members and constituents that progress be reported after each meeting.