Concord schools considers a replacement for groundskeeper position

Rick Ball, who formerly held the position, was asked to resign on Jan. 31 after he brought a gun to school.

Posted on Feb. 17, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

Concord Community Schools' board is expected to approve the hiring of a new head groundskeeper at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The former head groundskeeper, Rick Ball, was asked to resign on Jan. 31 after school administration discovered that he brought a handgun onto school grounds Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Ball, a reserve officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, told The Elkhart Truth after the incident that he has been deputized by the sheriff and has police powers 24/7. 

The school district has said that though Ball is a reserve officer, he was not serving as an officer during his full-time job as a groundskeeper at the school. There's also a school policy against carrying weapons on school property, and school officials said that Ball broke that policy.

Sheriff Brad Rogers has expressed support for Ball, saying that Ball is "an outstanding officer" and that Concord should "stick with education, not law enforcement."

According to the meeting agenda, the board will consider Bart Rich, junior high school building services lead custodian, for the head groundskeeper position.

The board meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. at the Concord Education Center, 59040 Minuteman Way. 

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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