At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD#2 board of education meeting, there was no public comment regarding the Budget for FY 2020-2021 and the revised e-learning plan. Both were approved later in the meeting.
Supt. Rich Decman shared the sixth day enrollment with the board. With a sixth day total of 1562 students, the 2020-2021 student enrollment has declined for the twenty-first year in a row. The district’s enrollment has not been this low since the 1962-1963 school year.
Bonfield Grade School has a total of 231 students in kindergarten and first grade. Herscher Intermediate School, which serves second through fourth grades, has a total of 324. Limestone Middle School has 528 students in fifth through eighth grades, and Herscher High School has a total enrollment of 479.
The high school enrollment decline has caused athletics to fall a class lower.
The district’s nurses, Kimberly Henderson and Andrea Wulff, summarized the Covid-19 cases and actions since the beginning of the school year. Each school has isolation rooms for students who are sick. Sick students are contacted daily at home to check on their condition.
Since the start of the school year, 6 students - 2 at LMS and 4 at HHS, and one staff member have tested positive for Covid-19. Currently there are 25 students and one staff member in isolation due to exposure.
Also during the meeting, Decman stated that he and the committee have polled teachers and discussed the pros and cons of a plan which will extend the school day until 2:05. Discussion will continue on Wednesday, September 16 when the planning committee meets again.
Regarding personnel, Non-Certified hires were: Amber Bauer - BGS Parapro, Karen Alexander - LMS Parapro, Nicole Brubaker - LMS Parapro - part-time, Janice Duay - BGS Parapro - part-time, and Janicia Ditta - BGS Bus Aide.
Monday’s meeting was live-streamed on YouTube, and future meetings will be live-streamed as well.