Indiana school administrator to lead Chatham, IL school district

The Ball-Chatham School District has found its next superintendent.

Becca Lamon, vice-principal of the East Noble School Corporation in Kendallville, Indiana since 2013, was introduced at a press conference at the district office on Thursday.

Lamon was selected over two other candidates, who were not publicly disclosed.

A native of St. Louis, Lamon will succeed Douglas Wood, who announced his retirement from the board at the Sept. 27 meeting. Wood’s retirement takes effect July 29. He served as superintendent for almost seven years.

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The school board meets Feb. 24 and will finalize and vote on the length of Lamon’s contract as well as his salary and benefits.

School board vice president Ann Strahle confirmed that Lamon had signed a contract.

According to an online search, Lamon’s salary at East Noble School Corporation in 2020 was $112,139.

This school district has seven schools with just over 3,300 students and 1,400 employees, according to a school profile.

The school board tapped School Exec Connect, based in Oak Park, Ill., in October to conduct a nationwide search.

Three candidates were interviewed with Ball-Chatham’s administrative and faculty/staff committees as well as with the board of directors and community members.

Lamon was one of three finalists for the superintendent’s job at Bloomington last fall.

“Dr. Lamon is a strong, intelligent, and hardworking leader with a solid background in developing school curriculum,” said Kyle Barry, Board Chair. “She will bring a lot of energy to the neighborhood and lead us into a productive future. .”

Prior to being named assistant superintendent, Lamon was the director of curriculum at East Noble.

Kendallville is a town of 9,800 people located in northeast Indiana, about 20 minutes from Fort Wayne. It’s in Noble County.

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Lamon has also served as an elementary school principal and assistant principal/athletic director. Lamon worked at the Indiana Department of Education and began her teaching career in Mattoon.

“I’m very excited,” Lamon said after her presentation. “I’m looking forward to taking this next step in my career and being able to return to Illinois, a place where I started my career.

“Ball-Chatham is an incredible school district that focuses on student academics and I hope to continue to focus on the district and bring things where it’s appropriate.

“(I’m going to start by) listening and building trust in the school community. I think there’s a good balance between ensuring consistency and innovation when you have new leaders in a district and it’s important that the ‘Balance is maintained so that you don’t have to break that trust before you start.’

Lamon said she is aware of the mask situation involving school children in Illinois. In the East Noble District, students and teachers have not been masked since the start of the school year, Lamon said, although face coverings “are strongly encouraged.”

Since the fall, Lamon said, each county health commissioner in Indiana has been authorized to make decisions for the county regarding masking.

Lamon holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Supervision and Administration from Purdue University and a Masters in Educational Leadership and General Administration from Butler University. Lamon did his undergraduate studies at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Lamon is an adjunct professor at Purdue University-Ft. Wayne.

Lamon’s husband, Ward Lamon, is the assistant director of special services for East Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne. Their son, Morgan, is a sophomore at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind.

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Martha K. Merrill