At the Herscher CUSD 2 Board meeting on Monday evening, Supt. Rich Decman announced that the district was awarded three sizable grants.
Through the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, the district was awarded the amount of $9.875 million for the purchase of 25 electric buses.
Also, the USAC Program has committed $856,516 for the fiber optics project and an additional $358,500. So, the project should be 100% funded. This $1.2 million grant will allow for the introduction of fiber optic internet access.
In addition, the district was also awarded a School Violence Protection Program Grant for $380,550. This is a 75% match. The district pays .25 on the dollar. The grant provides for technology, equipment, cameras, and new safety doors in the district.
In response to the grants, Decman stated, “One of these in a given year would have been awesome, but receiving all three, wow!”
The electric buses should be in operation by the beginning of the 2024-2025 school year. A test bus will be arriving next summer and a new garage for electric buses will be built west of the Herscher unit office.
A tax levy of 4.8 percent was proposed and will bring in an additional $500,000 for the district.
David Payne addressed the board regarding a power-lifting team and assistant coach, which was tabled for next month.
Regarding personnel, resignations were received from Thomas Bobel – Driver (LMS), and Michelle Ball – HIS Crossing Guard and Dale Hall - HHS Asst. Football Coach.
The following were hired: Jessica Williams – LMS Parapro, Kelli Schlutt – Driver (LMS). Melissa Cann – BGS Library Clerk, and Kendra Morris – Bus Aide.
The following were appointed: Darthy Bisaillon – HHS- Varsity Girls Track, Josh Kersten – HHS Asst. Track, Jake Prescott – LMS Asst. Wrestling, Maddie Mitsdarffer – LMS Gr 7 Volleyball Coach, Taylyn Paris-Goin – LMS Gr 6 Volleyball Coach, and Jill Decman - HHS Temporary NHS Sponsor.
Next month’s meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 14.