Phone: (309) 593-2135


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Illinois State University Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University Certified Teacher & Principal Evaluator

Mr. Rick Basala

Dear Tiger Nation,

I am proud to return to the Sherrard School District.  I am an ‘85 graduate of Sherrard High School. I would like to thank the Tiger Nation for accepting me back into the community.  Prior to accepting the Sherrard Junior High principal position, I taught Jr. High Geography, High School Science and Physical Education for 13 years.  I have been a K-8 administrator for 17 years; 6 years as an assistant principal and now, 11 years as a principal.

During my 30 years in education, I have worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.  However, I consider my most important role as a student advocate. It is my goal to advocate for students to ensure they meet their academic and behavioral expectations to reach the next grade level and beyond.  I am committed to assisting your child to be his or her best and celebrating those successes.

I am looking forward to a successful year with your child.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns during the school year.

Tigers Forever!