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Community Information Page

Welcome to our Community Information Page.

The following is provided in an attempt to keep the school community informed and allow easy access to information about things
happening in and pertaining to our school district.


Below is information from Uplifted Care for Good Grief Camp, a one-day camp offering support and fun for families who may be experiencing grief from loss of a loved one.


This event will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

Good Grief Family Camp is absolutely FREE just as all Uplifted Care support services are.


Click HERE to view Good Grief Camp Flyer


Finding yourself needing help?

Reach out to this local crisis text line.




We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the YMCA to offer
before and after school child care for students K-5th grade. 

For more information and pricing options, click HERE.

For questions or to enroll - contact the Y at 815-933-1741.


The FBI's Child ID App
Putting Safety in Your Hands

Click on the image above to get more information about a free, new tool from the FBI
(the first created by them) to help parents in an emergency if separated from their child.


Use of ARP-ESSER III Funds Plan

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 an incident report.

District Assessment Reporting
The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Link to assessment survey results.


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

We have had several occasions where we have closed school or released early for weather-related issues. I would like to review the options for how the school district deals with these 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.


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

District Owned Items Declared as Surplus
-Individuals must be at least 21 years of age to place a bid.

-Bids must be received in a SEALED envelope.
-A separate bid form must be used for each separate item you bid on. Only multiples of the same item (ex. "3 tables") can be on the same form.
-Bids may NOT be canceled once submitted. All bids are to come sealed and will remain sealed until the opening.
-All bids are considered legally binding. Please be sure you are able to complete the purchase at the time you acquire the items should you be the winning bidder. Please seriously consider your bid before placing it.
-Once bids are opened and reviewed, the highest bidder will be contacted. If the bidder does not come in to purchase/pick up the item(s) within 5 business days from initial contact, the next highest bidder will be contacted.

-Items won are to be paid for in full no later than the day items are picked-up.
-Delivery is not available.
-All items must be paid for in cash or via official bank check/money order.
-All items must be picked-up within (5) business days of being contacted.

-Herscher CUSD #2 reserves the right to withdraw any item from the auction at any time, without additional notice.
-All items are sold in "as is" condition.
-Devices are available in "as is" condition. There is no guarantee devices function.
Operating systems, office programs and other applications are not included. Accessories such as power cords, AV cords, adaptors, mice, keyboards, etc. not included.
-Herscher CUSD #2 reserves the right to reject any bid.
-In the event of a tie, the earliest received bid will win.

Click HERE for our Bid Form
By submitting a bid, prospective purchasers acknowledge acceptance of these conditions.

No items at this time. Check back soon!


      District Budgets


20-21 Tentative Budget

19-20 Amended



2017-2018 Amended



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

Requests should be directed to Dr. Decman: 501 N Main St., 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: October 19, 2020                                                                             From: Vince Espi, LocalLabs    
Topic: any contracts involving guest speakers for the '19 (previous) & '20 (current) school year; include virtual guest speakers                                                                                Duration to Complete: 2 days
Received: December 14, 2020                                                                           From: Kaza Rhan, Local Labs
Topic: data on district elected boards/officials specifically: name, term start/end date, salary & email address. 
Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: February 2, 2021                                                              From: Nathan Mihelich, IRTA
Topic: Name & email address of any cert. staff (teacher, admin., nurses, counselors etc.) retiring this SY.  
Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: February 9, 2021                                            From: Jonathan Fagg, ABC7 Data Fellow
Topic: breakdown of attendance rates by school, specify whether the attendance was in person or remote & how attendance is being tracked. if both in-person and remote learning have occurred, please provide info for both since the start of the school year.                     Duration to Complete: 2 days
Received: February 22, 2021                                                                                     From: Joe Sutton
Topic: following documents: the district's current website and/or content mgmt system (CMS) provider contract, the district's current alerts and/or emergency notification provider contract, the district's current mobile app provider contract & current learning mgnt system (LMS) provider contract                    Duration to Complete: 1 day
Received: April 8, 2021                                                                                    From: Jen Weeks, SMART265
Topic: Info. for new construction, renovation and/or maintenance work planned for any building owned or leased by district which includes the scopes listed below. If any contracts have already been awarded, names/contact info of those contractor(s) and/or sub-contractor(s). HVAC (Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation), 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 and Current HVAC Maintenance Contracts.                                   Duration to Complete: 2 days

Received: April 12, 2021                                                                            From: Zoe Yalcin, SmartProcure

Topic:  1. purchase order #; 2. purchase date; 3. line item details; 4. line item qty; 5. line item price, 6. vendor ID #, name, address, contact person & email address from 10-16-20 to current. Looking for preprogrammed software.    Duration to Complete: 2 days

Received: May 19, 2021                                                      From: Preston Dedi, Chicagoland Construction
Topic: Bid results/award for Tar & Chip at Herscher Bus Garage and Seebach Stadium project.   
Duration to complete: 1 day
Received: July 13, 2021                                                                        From: Zoe Yalcin, SmartProcure
Topic: Purchase Order #; Purchase Date; Line Item Details; Line Item Qty; Line Item Price; Vendor ID#, name, address, contact person and their email address. Any and all purchasing records from 4/14/2021to current.         Duration to Complete: 2 days
Received: Sept 7, 2021                                                                        From: Angel Tormis, SteepSteel, LLC
Topic: copies of all active leases/licenses for cell towers, rooftop antennas, or other wireless installations on property owned or managed by district, along with 24 months of associated payment histories.                              Duration to Complete: 4 days

Received: Sept. 16, 2021                                                                       From: Vince Espi, LocalLabs.com     
Topic: List of all materials in district that fall under the 1619 project; list of all books written by authors Ibram X. Kendi or Robin DiAngelo that are used in curriculum or libraries in your school district.                                       Duration to Complete: 2 days

Received: September 28, 2021                                                                From: Vince Espi, LocalLabs.com
Topic: All data of any faculty or student with (a) COVID -19 positive results, (b) COVID-19 like symptoms, or (c) close contacts to a confirmed COVID-19 case that were reported to the local health department over the previous seven days; please provide all details that were provided to the local health dept.   Duration to Complete: 3 days
Received: September 30, 2021                                 From: Janie Jordan, Data Research Partners LLC
Topic: employee's first/last names, e-mail addresses, title/position & primary campus/dept location.Duration to Complete: 2 days
Received: October 5, 2021                                                          From: Katherine Smyser, NBC Universal
Topic: Documents, data, and/or spreadsheets showing all unclaimed funds under the control of district which have not been reported/transferred to the IL State Treasurer; unclaimed property which district has reported and/or transferred to the IL State Treasurer & all claims for unclaimed property due to the district from the IL Treas.          Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: October 13, 2021                                                                      From: Zoe Yalcin, SmartProcure
Topic: Purchase Order #, Purchase Date, Line Item Details, Line Item Qty, Line Item Price, Vendor ID #, Name, address, contact & email address from 7-13-2021 to current.                           Duration to Complete: 1 day

Received: October 22, 2021                                                                        From: Vince Espi, LocalLabs
Topic: Contracts & documents relating to business with Panorama Education: copy of signed contract, list of all payments made to Panorama, copies of all materials used by Panorama in training/curriculum per the contract, &  list of all teachers & classes (students) who have been exposed or instructed to Panorama materials.              Duration to Complete: 1 day
Received: November 5, 2021                                                                   From: Rebecca Harms
Topic: emails sent & received between Rich Decman, Herscher CUSD2 Board of Ed, Il State Board of Ed, Il Dept of Public Health, Kankakee Dept of Public Health, Gov. Pritzker's office and Herscher CUSD2's legal representation that contains any of the following key concepts or terms: mandatory COVID testing, teacher/staff quarantine, teacher/staff exclusion, Rebecca Harms.
Duration to Complete: 5 days

Received: November 8, 2021                                              From: Karen Garcia, SmartProcure.com
Topic: First name, last name, position title, department, director phone, business phone, email address & office address for all current employees                                        Duration to Complete: 4 days

Received: Jan 11, 2022                                                        From: Zoe Yalcin,  SmartProcure.com
Topic: Purchase Order #, Purchase Date, Line Item Details, Line Item Quantity, Line Item Price, Vendor ID #, Name, Address, Contact Person and their Email Address, from Oct 13, 2021 to Jan 11, 2022. Duration to Complete:  2 days

Received: Jan 11, 2022                                                       From: Jonathan Fagg, ABC7 Chicago
Topic: Documentation of remote learning equipment reported as missing, damaged, broken, stolen or otherwise unavailable for use. Please provide information in aggregate including (if available): type of device, school that device-assigned student attends, date of issuance, data or report of loss, and any other relevant information. In addition, documentation showing the total number or remote learning equipment assigned.                                                                      Duration to Complete: 1 day
Received: Jan 18, 2022                                                       From: Douglas Schnell, Springfield IL
Topic: Names/titles of school staff at Limestone Middle School; Names/titles including contact info for all school board members; Name/contact information of school district attorney; Name/contact info of transportation director; district copy of students with a disability and the ADA; what agency does the Herscher School District contract with for students having an IEP          Duration to Complete: 1 day
Received: January 19, 2022                                                           From: Nathan Mihelich, IRTA
Topic: Name & email for any certified staff who are retiring this year.    Duration to Complete: 1 day
Received: Feb 15, 2022                                                                         From: Gregory Dorsey
Topic: Identify means for the public to speak at Education Board Meetings, other than being directed to the School District web site; What process is in place to accommodate persons without internet access to participate in the public address portion of the Education meetings; Why no attempt to accommodate a public speaking form during the Education Board meeting dated 14 February 2022 by notification prior to the start of the meeting; What policies/procedures are currently in place and/or are recommended to ensure that community members and/or interested parties can have a voice at future Education Board meetings.                                                                                          Duration to Complete: 5 days
Received: Feb 15, 2022                                                                          From: Gregory Dorsey
Topic: In accordance with Community Letter dated 15 September 2021, COVID infection status would be updated weekly-lated (sic) COVID update is dated 28 January 2022, please explain why this has not been adhered to as stated in the aforementioned Community Letter; Identify the person(s) accountable for providing this information/updating this information to the District web site; Identify with whom the responsibility of COVID contract tracing is done within the school district, if done at all; For the health and welfare of the community, how is this information being given to those without internet access.
Duration to Complete:  5 days
Received: Feb 15, 2022                                                                          From: Gregory Dorsey
Topic: In accordance with Community Letter dated 6 February 2022, paragraph 5, references a CDC recommendation in the implementation of "mask optional" approvals...There is no link to verify this information as pervious (sic) Community Letter(s) ie: dated 10 January 2022; Please provide the exact source and citation of the reference through the CDC and provide the citation in its entirety to include any additional COVID mitigation recommendations.                              Duration to Complete: 5 days
Received: Feb 15, 2022                                                                        From: Gregory Dorsey
Topic: Please identify any and all funds received through the State and/or Federal sources to be used in the mitigation of COVID over the past two years; Please identify any and all expenditures over the School District and specifically for the Bonfield Grade School used in the mitigation of COVID, ie: increased sanitation supplies, overtime used in physical facility cleaning, procurement of mitigation devices to include but not limited to shielding of desks, and purchase of air quality enhancement devices over the past two years; Please identify the vendors, type of item, procurement dates and associated charges for all mitigation devices purchased over the District and specifically Bonfield Grade School over the past two years; Please provide School District staff policy, directives, memos and/or emails which give directives to COVID mitigation/sanitation procedures over the last year and specifically those directives affective Bonfield Grade School; Please provide how the COVID mitigation of students/staff distance is being implemented throughout the district and specifically at Bonfield Grade School; Please explain how/why the COVID mitigation practice of distance was not enforced or coordinated into the seating arrangement during Education Board meeting dated 14 February 2022.
Duration to Complete: 5 days
Received: Feb 16, 2022                                                                     From: Gregory Dorsey
Topic: Please provide the Herscher School District policy on remote learning and the utilization for remote learning "snow days"; Please provide any and all staff directives given regarding remote learning / snow days for the 2021-2022 school year in the form of but limited to memorandums, emails, verbal directives, etc.; Identify those specific policy and/or directive that identify the ability to service the needs of students with additional needs in the event of snow days and/or other situations when remote learning would or could be instituted; If remote learning is not authorized, please site the policy directive and responsible or governing body for that disapproval; If remote learning is authorized for "snow days" please site the policy directive and responsible governing body for that approval.
Duration to Complete: 4 days
Received: Feb 16, 2022                                                                                From: Gregory Dorsey
Topic: Please provide the Herscher High School criteria, eligibility and policy of the photos of student athletes displayed at Herscher High School; Please identify the responsible person(s) who select, procure and maintain the displays; Please identify the number of, by name and eligibility, all minority student athletes over the past 20 years; Please identify by name and year of eligibility the number of minority student athletes who's (sic) photos are a part of the display currently; Please explain and/or provide a plan actions with time line, to correct the number of minority student athletes eligible and those currently displayed if any, or if there is a desire to; Please provide the total minority demographics for the Herscher High School over the past 20 years.                            Duration to Complete: 4 days

Received: Mar 17, 2022                                                        From: Jonathan Fagg, ABC7 Chicago
Topic: Reconsideration forms or other forms that challenge library books, including: title of the book (or other library resource) being challenged, action requested in such a challenge, & the outcome of such challenges, details on the reason for the challenge, whether the book (or other library resource) was a part of a curriculum or official program, such data over time, from Jan 2018 up until the most current data at the point of production, such data electronically, any available info on the challenger, any other available aggregated data relevant to such challenges.                           Duration to Complete: 1 day

TITLE IX Required Information - Training Date: 11-20-2020
Sexual Harassment Decision Tree
Title IX Information

Miscellaneous District Reports

2020-2025 (Certified) Collective Bargaining Agreement
2021-2022 Admin Salary Report - All District Staff (2020-2021FY data)
Contract info for Annual Statement of Affairs (2019-2020 data)
IMRF Employees $75,000 + Compensation Package Report (2020-2021 Info)