On Monday evening, the Herscher CUSD2 Board approved a “graduation” for Herscher HS in which each student will be given a time and location to meet at HHS in their cap and gown wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. 

Students will be the only people allowed in the building. Principal Brad Elliot’s opening address will be recorded, followed by the calling of each graduate. 

Each student will walk across the stage, receive their diploma cover, and a professional photo will be taken. Students will then exit the building and leave.

 A recording of the ceremony will be aired/streamed on June 26 at 7:00 PM, but the process of video, photography, and walking across the stage will take place days, maybe even weeks before.

In finances, Supt. Rich Decman stated that the year’s budget is $400,000 - $500,000 in the positive.

A Public Hearing regarding Amending the Budget for 19-20FY has been set for June 15 at 7 PM.

Also, the board approved the following: a School Improvement Plan for Herscher Intermediate School, an E-Learning Plan,  a declaration of district owned items as surplus,  property, casualty and other insurance package for 2020-2021FY, renewal of a Treasurers Bond and Assistant Treasurer Bond for 20-21FY, a Collective Bargaining Agreement with U2CT-Certified Staff for 20-21SY-24-25SY, and a 2020-2021 Consolidated District Plan (CDP).  

In addition, the board awarded a bid regarding a Concession/Restroom Building project and a bid regarding an HIS Electric run.

Regarding personnel, retirement requests were approved for Laurie Mau, Limestone Middle School Special Education, effective at the end of this school year, and Julie Barwegen, Herscher Grade School 2nd Grade, at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. In addition, Mary James will retire June 1, 2020 as an LMS cook. Board President Sally Sullivan thanked the retiring teachers for their dedication to the district.

Cassandra Bashayreh was hired as a special education teacher at Herscher Intermediate School. Donna German will become an RTI teacher at Bonfield Grade School where she had been teaching kindergarten.