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Community Information Page

Welcome to our Community Information Page.

The following is being provided in an attempt to keep the school community informed about things going on within and pertaining to the school district.
         

Bullying Incident Report - We have made it easier for anyone to report a bullying event they believe they have witnessed. Reports can be made anonymously. Click here for the incident report.

District Assessment Reporting
The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Here is a link to the  assessment survey results.

School Community - Please see the attached regarding Senate Bill 486 and contact your legislators to let them know how it will affect our district. SB486 Legislators
 

School Community Letter - February 28, 2018
Click HERE to view a letter from Dr. Decman regarding a threatening message reported to HHS Administration.

School Community Letter - March 16, 2017
Click HERE to access a letter from Dr. Decman, Superintendent of Schools.

Lead Testing Information
Click HERE to view information about lead testing done within our schools.
Link to Test Results

Prevailing Wage Rates - eff. September 1, 2017 
Ford County
Grundy County
Iroquois County
Kankakee County
Livingston County

Herscher CUSD #2 Attendance Information
Click HERE to view our Parent Guide

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Parents/Guardians,

Over the last few years, we have had several occasions where we have closed school or released early for weather-related issues. As a result, I have had several parents call and voice their opinions for closing school for inclement weather or for staying open on days where there was also inclement weather. As a result of these conversations, I would like to review the options for how the school district deals with weather-related issues.

These options are as follows:
1. Close all schools for the entire day.
2. Release all  early. (1:30 p.m. for all buildings)
3. Start all schools late. (9:45 a.m. for all buildings)
 ***There may be emergency situations that would dictate that we close just one school in the District.

Some other criterion for closing schools for the entire day are below:
1. Sustained wind chills measuring - 30 degrees.          

2. Heavy snow and windy conditions.
3. Extreme icy conditions.                                              
4. Heavy fog that is not supposed to break.
5. Combination of the above criterion.

Some of the criterion for releasing early:
1. Sustained temperatures above 94 degrees with accompanying humidity above 55%.
2. Dangerous storms heading our direction. (This may cause us to shelter-in-place as well.)
3. Other emergency situations.

Some of the criterion for starting school late:
1. Heavy fog that is expected to lift.                                 
2. Icy conditions that are expected to get better.
3. Severe cold that is expected to get better.                   
4. Moderate snow that is expected to be cleared.
5. Combination of the above conditions.

We now have three options to deal with weather-related issues. It is my intention to announce these decisions as early as possible (preferable the night before). If we release early, we will release all schools at 1:30 p.m.. If we start late, we will begin school at 9:45 a.m. for all schools. (The late start is a new option, so please plan accordingly.) As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your help in making the Herscher School District the best in the area!

Dr. Richard S. Decman, Superintendent of Schools

Click here for Child Care Weather Watch Tables regarding temperatures,wind chills and the heat index.

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Report to the Community
Click HERE to view our Report to the Community. (Nov. 2016)

District Owned Items Declared as Surplus
As items are presented to the Board of Education to be declared as surplus, they will be listed below. Individuals will have 30 days from the day of the notice to contact the district should they wish to view and possibly acquire the items. The District reserves the right to bid or sell certain items as deemed necessary. Acquisitions will be on a first come basis.
      September 18, 2018 List

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District Budgets 
2018-2019
2017-2018 Amended
2017-2018
2016-2017
2015-2016
2014-2015

2013-2014 
2012-2013 
2011-2012


FOIA Requests (Freedom of Information Act)
District FOIA Officer: Supt, Dr. Richard S. Decman
 

Requests should be directed to Dr. Decman: 501 N Main Street, PO Box 504, Herscher IL 60941 or via email. The fee for black and white, letter or legal sized copies may not exceed 15 cents per page. However, no fees may be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies provided to the requester. (Requests received during the last 18 mos. found below.)

Received: April 21, 2017 - Kevin Galass, smart265.org
Topic: Info re: new construction, renovation and/or maintenance work planned for any bldg owned or leased by the district which includes the scopes listed below. In addition, if any contracts have already been awarded, please include the names/contact info for those contractors and/or subcontractors. The info requested shall specifically reference records dating back 9 mos. from the date of this request. Scopes: HVAC, Exhaust Systems, Architectural metals used for weatherproofing and/or ornamental purposes, gutters and/or downspouts, new installation and/or replacement of lockers, new installation and/or replacement of toilet partitions, kitchen renovations, current HVAC maintenance contracts,
Duration to complete: 2 days
Received: June 12, 2017 - From Gabriella Lauricella, SmartProcure
Topic: 1. purchase order number 2. purchase date 3. line item details 4. line item quantity 5. line item price 6. vendor ID #, name, address, contact person & their email address from 3-13-17 to current.7 beginning of FY. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: July 10, 2017 - From Timothy Johns, NBC5 
Topic: Documents sufficient to show the employment of all certified athletic trainers for the schools or depts. & all monthly reports prepared and/or submitted by all schools and/or depts within Herscher CUSD 2 relating to student-athletes who have sustained concussions during the 16-17SY.
Duration to complete: 5 days
Received: Aug 24, 2017 - From Nathan Nihelich, IRTA
Topic: Email addresses of all teachers and administrators in our district. 
Duration to complete: 1 day

Received: Sept 13, 2017 - From Gabriella Lauricella, SmartProcure
Topic: 1. purchase order number 2. purchase date 3. line item details 4. line item quantity 5. line item price 6. vendor ID #, name, address, contact person and their email address from 6-14-17 to current.7 beginning of fiscal year. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to complete: 2 days

Received: Oct 4, 2017 - From Kirk Allen, American Watchdogs, Inc./Illinoisleaks.com
Topic: 1. A copy of all debt currently held by the district in any form to include but not limited to, lines of credit, financial institute, bonds, credit card; 2. A copy of all pymt structures for that debt that reflects principal pymt, interest pymt, & time frame of those obligations; 3. A copy of all compensation provided to the Superintendent; 4. A copy of the Superintendent's contract; and 5. A copy of minutes & agenda where the Superintendents contract was approved.
Duration to complete: 2 days

Received: August 24, 2017 - From Nathan Nihelich, IRTA
Topic: Email addresses of all teachers and administrators in our district. 
Duration to complete: 1 dayReceived: August 24, 2017 - From Nathan Nihelich, IRTA
Topic: Email addresses of all teachers and administrators in our district. 
Duration to complete: 1
dayReceivedDec 20, 2017 - From: Alejandro Garcia, Parent's Foundation for Education  
Topic: Campus/building name for staff; first/middle/last name for staff; position; grade level for teachers; subject area for teachers; certified in Area of Instruction for teachers; any state certifications such as LBS1, LBS2, ELL etc., for teachers; home address; school email; personal email; personal phone #; gender; race/ethnicity; hire date; years experience & current salary. Request was for every teacher & staff member currently employed with the district.
Duration to complete: 2 days

Received: Jan 16, 2018 From: Donetta Clavey, Coal City, Illinois
Topic: Itemized info for disbursement of funds from imprest or activity fund. Specifically: check #,  dollar amt., what service the check was issued for (umpire/referee or other) and date each check was issued for the time frame of Jan 1, 17-Dec 31, 17 or ending on the current date.
Duration to completed: 1 day

Received: Jan 22, 2018 From: Nathan Mihelich, IRTA
Topic: Names & addresses of teachers & admin who are retiring in 2018. 
Duration to completed: 1 day

Received: Feb 1, 2018 From: Jim Tyrrell Prairie State Wire
Topic: Requesting copies of any current CBAs between Herscher CUSD2 and any organized labor unit. If there is no current CBA in place, a copy of the last expired agreement. Additionally requesting electronic data with the following data points for all employees of Herscher CUSD2 represented by any organized labor unit: First/Middle/Last, Dept., Title, Labor Unit, Work email address, Building & Salary.
Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: Feb 12, 2018 From: D Mahalik, Research Central Services, Inc.
Topic: Contracts for each of these positions: Superintendent, Dir of Business and Transportation. Include: Name, Position, Salary & Benefits, Length of Contract.  
Duration to complete: 1 day

Received: Feb  20, 2018 From Jeff Bonty, Daily Journal
Topic: All video recorded Feb 7, 2018 from the camera system on the bus in the incident involving Shawn J. Dunigan.
Duration to respond: 1 day

Received: Mar 23, 2018 From Stephen Chichelli, SmartProcure
Topic:
1. purchase order number 2. purchase date 3. line item details 4. line item quantity 5. line item price 6. vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 12-19-17 to current.7 beginning of fiscal year. 
Duration to complete: 1 day

Received: April 5, 2018 From: Ivan Parfenoff, Shriver Center
Topic: How many School Resource Officers are employed in the district? Provide MOU or any agreement with the police dept. that provides a School Resource Officer.
Duration to complete: 1 day

Received: April 12, 2018 From: Louise Medina SMART Local 265
Topic: Info for the construction and/or maintenance work planned for any bldg. owned or leased by your district which includes the scopes listed below. In addition, if any contracts have already been awarded, please include the names and contact information of those contractor(s) and/or sub-contractor(s). 1.HVAC (Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation), Exhaust Systems; 2. Architectural Metals used for weatherproofing and/or ornamental purposes; 3. Gutters and /or Downspouts; 4. New installation and/or replacement of lockers; 5. New installation and/or replacement of toilet partitions; 6. Kitchen Renovations and 7. Current HVAC Maintenance Contracts.
Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: April 30, 2018    From: David Giuliani, Daily Journal
Topic: All documents associated with the Triple I Conference in November 2017 including invoices, receipts and other documents associated with expenditures during the conference.
Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: May 10, 2018      From: Teresa Hertz, Bonfield
Topic: Minutes from March 12, 2018 Board of Education meeting.
Duration to Complete: 1 day
Received: June 25, 2018 From Josh Markoff, R & R Inc.
Topic: Requested copy of the contractor's schedule of values for the LMS Demo project being performed by Johnson-Downs Construction.  Duration to Complete: I day

Received: June 25, 2018     From: Bethany Simpson, Smart Procure
Topic:
1. purchase order number, 2. purchase date, 3. line item details, 4. line item quantity, 5. line item price, 6. vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 3-23-2018 to current, and 7 beginning of fiscal year. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.  Duration to complete: 2 days

Received: July 31, 2018    From: Aaron Navarro, NBC5 Chicago
Topic: Documents sufficient to show the employment of all certified athletic trainers for the schools or depts and all monthly reports prepared and/or submitted by all schools and/or depts within Herscher CUSD 2 relating to student-athletes who have sustained concussions during the 17-18SY.
Duration to Complete: 2 days

Received: August 7, 2018 From: Katherine Smyser, NBC5 Chicago
Topic: Records to show all cases where Herscher CUSD #2 paid a plaintiff or plaintiffs by verdict, settlement or satisfaction as the result of a sexual misconduct or sex/gender discrimination claim from January 1, 2008 to the present. Records should include case number, name of party paid, payment amounts, fees and costs, allegations in the case and the specific department, agency and/or individuals involved in the litigation. Records should show all money paid to outside counsel in each case and information about settlements or payments that did not involve a court of law. Also requested all records of separation agreements and/or payments to individuals who stopped working with Herscher CUSD#2 after being accused of sexual misconduct, harassment or sex/gender discrimination.  Duration to Respond: 4 days

Received: Sept 10, 2018  From: Josh Fine, Sr. Segment Producer, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Topic: How many boys played 11-man high school football in the 2012-2013 school year? How many of the boys who played received free or reduced lunch? What percent of your district's general high school population received free or reduced lunch in the 2012-2013 school year? How many boys played 11-man high school football in 2017-2018 school year? How many of the boys who played received free or reduced lunch? What percent of your district's general high school population received free or reduced lunch in the 2017-2018 school year?
Duration to Complete: 2 days

Received: September 19, 2018     From: Grant Jackson
Topic: Requesting records regarding an incident at Herscher High School during the week of September 10-14, 2015 pertaining to (specific, named) student. (Name of student withheld from this publication for privacy reasons.)
Duration to Complete: 2 days

Received: Sept 21, 2018  From: Miles Essner, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Topic: How many boys played a sport other than football in the fall of 2012? Of the boys who played a sport other than football in the fall of 2012, how many received free or reduced lunch? How many boys played a sport other than football in the fall of 2017? Of the boys who played a sport other than football in the fall of 2017, how many received free or reduced lunch? How many boys played a sport other than football during the 2012-2013 school year? Of the boys who played a sport other than football during the 2012-2013 school year, how many received free or reduced lunch? How many boys played a sport other than football during the 2017-2018 school year? Of the boys that played a sport other than football during the 2012-2013 school year, how many received free or reduced lunch?
Duration to Complete: 3 days

Received: Oct 1, 2018    From: Bethany Simpson, Smart Procure
Topic: 1. purchase order number, 2. purchase date, 3. line item details, 4. line item quantity, 5. line item price, 6. vendor ID number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 6-26-2016 to current and 7. beginning of fiscal year. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to Complete: 1 day

 

Miscellaneous District Reports

2018-2019 Admin Salary Report - All Staff (2017-2018 data)
2018-2019 Admin Contracts