At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, Supt. Rich Decman stated that the District has strong balances, but not included are the remaining expenses for Limestone Middle School’s renovation which still need to be paid.
Herscher Intermediate School received kudos from Health and Life Safety Inspectors for the excellent job that is being done there.
Several administrators shared that it has been challenging to find substitute teachers. In order to attract and retain substitute teachers, the board increased substitute teacher pay to $110 per day from the current $100 per day.
Also, the board reviewed the proposed 2020 School District Tax Levy and Report, declared district owned items as surplus, tabled the discussion, and possible action regarding pay/work during mandatory quarantine.
Regarding basketball, the consensus was to follow the Governor’s guidelines as well as IHSA’s and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommendations. The basketball season may be moved to January. It is a fluid situation depending on the amount of Covid cases.
Regarding personnel, Michelle Winkel was hired as an LMS lunchroom monitor, and Megan Brosseau was hired as the LMS 6th grade volleyball for the 20-21 SY only (pending in-person practices/games).
Finally, the board stressed the importance of keeping healthy children in school as much as possible. Per the Covid parent newsletter from November 5, “The district has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our staff and students. We have become aware during the past week that at least (1) faculty member at Bonfield Grade School, Herscher Intermediate School, Limestone Middle School and at HHS have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition to this, we were made aware that a student at BGS and HIS have also tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are not linked to one another….. Currently, there are (23) faculty/staff members who are excluded/isolated and approximately (110) students who are excluded/isolated from school not counting the high school.” (Editor’s note – The Herscher High School Students have been learning remotely the past two weeks.)
In order for buildings to be closed, one of the following must occur:
*Kankakee County Health Department recommends such closure.
*There is an outbreak occurring within the school (See IDPH guidelines for definition of an outbreak). So far, all cases have not occurred within the schools with the possible exception of one which why HHS was closed.
*We do not have enough faculty/staff to “run” the building due to quarantining or positive COVID-19 tests and/or other reasons.”