The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • First day at Harrisburg schools went "wonderfully"

  • The Harrisburg School Board’s Tuesday meeting opened with expressions of gratitude between the teacher’s union and administration.
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  • The Harrisburg School Board’s Tuesday meeting opened with expressions of gratitude between the teacher’s union and administration.
    The meeting began with the president of the Harrisburg Educators Association Laurie Pappenfuss, thanking Superintendent Mike Gauch and the board for seeking input from teachers in formulating solutions to the district’s financial problems.
    Gauch expressed his and the board’s appreciation to the HEA for input into the difficult decisions the board has had to make.
    Administrator and coordinator reports were uniformly positive, with Gauch stating that the first day of the new school year went, “Wonderfully.”
    “I made it to several of the schools that day and I was impressed that the kids were engaged and involved in educational activities on the first day,” Gauch said.
    Gauch added that he had finished and submitted to the state a grant application to provide funding for renovation and completion of the soccer fields, and thanked Dr. Roger Herren of Harrisburg for his generous assistance in formulating the grant. Many in Harrisburg credit the Herren family for bringing soccer to the Harrisburg schools.
    The Middle School Principal Kim Williams reported to the board that the Summer Lunch Program had served 2,000 meals this month, with a total for the summer of some 4,000 meals and had proved to be a great success.
    High School Principal Karen Crank reported that the installation of the new security system at the high school is being installed in September and would consist of a visually monitored “buzz-in” system to allow greater security and safety for students and staff. Crank added that total enrollment at the high school this year is 605 students and, “We have made a really good start this year.”
    The board moved on to the topic of approving the tentative budget. Gauch stated that last year, the district’s operating fund was $575,000, in the red. This year, the district was predicting a deficit in the operating fund of only $24,000.
    After the meeting Gauch said he had great appreciation for Karen Crank, Scott Dewar and the HEA for, “seeing the need to make some hard decision and cuts that allowed the district to realize this reduction of our deficit.”
    The board unanimously voted to approve the tentative budget.
    The board approved a number of resignations and hirings. Among those was that of Beth Montfort. Montfort said after the meeting she was planning to run for Harrisburg City Council after her resignation.
    Harrisburg school board approved several staff changes during Tuesday regular board meeting.
    The board approved:
    The resignations of Debbie Etienne as EOC Aide and Melanie Tate as special education teacher.
    Kim Dennison to a Title 1 Reading position,
    Page 2 of 2 - Employed Natalie Jones as Harrisburg High School art teacher.
    Recalled from reduction in force list Carly Angelly as kindergarten teacher, Angie Bennett as a special education teacher,.
    Approved Catherine Hammersley for 40 days as guidance help at HHS.
    Employed Jay Thompson and Janet Hart for three hours a day — not to exceed 500 hours — at HHS.
    Approved Steve Black as volunteer golf coach.
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