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

 

Lead Testing Information
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Herscher CUSD #2 Attendance Information
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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 schools early. (1:30 p.m. for all Herscher CUSD2 schools)
3. Start all schools late. (9:45 a.m. for all Herscher CUSD2 schools)
 ***There may be emergency situations that would dictate that we close just one school in the District.

Some other citerion 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 releaseing 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.

Next year, Herscher CUSD2 will plan on having 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

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

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Report to the Community
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FOIA Requests (Freedom of Information Act)
District FOIA Officer: Superintendent, 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: January 14, 2016 - From: Caroline Harris
Topic: All documentation used in making the adverse decision against my son. As his background check is referenced I'm especially interested in that. Also under FOIA, I am requesting a copy of every background check performed on all coaches, hired and voluntary, to include teachers, support staff and Board members. All and any who has direct or indirect contact with my son as well as the governing Board that makes decisions, supposedly in his best interest.
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: March 16, 2016 - From: Joshua Dwyer, One Chance Illinois
Topic: A list of all couses offered at the high schools in your district.
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: April 4, 2016 - From: John & Jody Thatcher
Topic: What is the districts current tax rate (FY16-tax year 2014); What is the districts operating tax rate (FY16-tax year 2014); What is the districts current overall debt (total dollar amount); What is the districts current overall recommended, or legal limit, maximum of debt (total dollar amount) the district is able to borrow; What is the districts current overall available amount of funds that may be issued as debt (total dollar amount); What is the districts State Formula type; What is the overal total dollar amount the district received from State funding (reimbursement) for the years of '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15 and '16; What is the gross salary for the following district positions (or equivalent position, please provide title) for the 15-16 school year, along with 16-17 if available: Supt., Curr. Dir.,  Tech.  Dir., Business Mgr, along with any and all district wide administrative positions; What is the district cost per pupil for '14, '15 and '16 (total overall dollar amount); What is the district total budgeted amount for '14, '15 and '16 (total overall dollar amount); and What is the districts total overall dollar amount deficit spending OR surplus for '14, '15 and '16.
Duration to complete: 1 day 
Received: April 12, 2016 - From: Nathan Mihelich, Illinois Retired Teachers Assoc.
Topic: Name, title and email address of any teachers or administrators who are retiring in 2016.
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: May 5, 2016 - From: Roger Weber, SMART Local 265
Topic: Information for summer construction and/or maintenance work planned for any building 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 and contact information of those contractor(s) and/or sub-contractor(s). 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: 1 day
Received: May 17, 2016 - 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 number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 2-8-2016 to current. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to complete: 2 days 
Received: July 28, 2016 - From Katy Smyser, Producer, NBC5 Chicago
Topic: 1. Does Herscher CUSD2 currently have any leases or agreements with telecommunications providers for cellular antennae and/or towers installed by the provider on your school property? 2. If so, she would like copies of all current lease agreements, including documents showing: the locations of all cellular antennae and/or towers on Herscher CUSD2 school property, and the amount paid to the school district each year by the telecommunications company.
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: August 10, 2016 - From Colin Driehorst, One Chance Illinois
Topic: Does Herscher CUSD2 have an acceleration policy? If yes, does it allow students to enter Kindergarten early? If yes, does it allow students to enter first grade early? If yes, does it allow students to take classes at a higher level than their current grade? If yes, does it allow students to skip grades? If yes, does it allow students to graduate high school early?
Duration to complete: 4 days
Received: August 18, 2016 - 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 number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 5-19-2016 to current.7 beginning of fiscal year. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to complete: 2 days
Received: September 26, 2016 - From Katy Smyser, Investigative Producer, NBC5 Chicago
Topic:Whether or not the schools within our district have a stock of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors.
Duration to complete: 1 day 
Received: November 15, 2016 - From Jared Rutecki, Digital Journalist, Better Government Assoc.
Topic: 1. Collective Bargaining Agreements: Any and all current collective bargaining agreements, including but not limited to union contracts with teachers. If a union is currently operating under an expired contract, please include it. 2. Administrator Contracts: Any and all employment/personnel agreements and contracts with current administrators, including but not limited to superintendents and principals. 3. Budget: The approved operating and capital budgets for the 2016-17 school year. 4. Legal Settlements: Any and all legal settlements entered into, signed, or otherwise adopted from August 1, 2015 to present. 5. Payroll: Documents sufficient to show the names and corresponding job titles and salaries of any and all district employees and board members as of today (In other words, the current payroll records that include names, positions and pay for all employees, not just teachers and administrators).

Duration to complete: 1 day 
Received: November 17, 2016 - From Matthew Hoffman, Researcher SEIU Local 73
Topic: 1. non-social security number unique identifier such as employee or payroll ID#, 2. Employee Last Name, FIrst Name. 3. Employment status. 4. Standard hours worked per week. 5. Hourly rate. 6. Annual salary (if applicable). 7. Job title. 8. Job title code (if applicable). 9. Work location name (if applicable). 10. Work address (if applicable). 11. Work phone (if applicable). 12. Work email (if applicable). 13. Status of position (permanent, temporary, civil service, non-civil service, if applicable). 14. Union designation (if non-union, please indicate, otherwise indicate which bargaining unit and labor union this position falls under). 15. Standard union dues deducted per pay period. 16. Pay periods per year. 
Duration to complete: 3 days
Received: November 21, 2016 - 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 number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 8-19-2016 to current.7 beginning of fiscal year. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to complete: 1 day

Received: December 1, 2016 - Nathan Mihelich, Illinois Retired Teachers Association.
Topic: Name, title and email address of any teachers or administrators who are retiring in 2017.
Duration to complete: 1 day

Received: March 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 number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 11-22-2016 to current.7 beginning of fiscal year. Looking for preprogrammed software reports by manufacturer.
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: April 21, 2017 - Kevin Galass, smart265.org
Topic: Information for new construction, renovation and/or maintenance work planned for any building 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 and contact information for those contractors and/or subcontractors. The information requested shall specifically reference your records dating back 9 months 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 number, name, address, contact person and their email address from 3-13-2017 to current.7 beginning of fiscal year. 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 departments and All monthly reports prepared and/or submitted by all schools and/or departments within Herscher Community Unit School District 2 relating to student-athletes who have sustained concussions during the 2016-2017 school year.
Duration to complete: 5 days


Miscellaneous District Reports