Education & Agriculture

futurebusinessCarlyle High School’s Future Business Leaders of America team. Junior Grace Rensing (back row, third from left) qualified for nationals in public speaking.     The Carlyle School District Board of Education unanimously approved a tentative budget for the 2020 fiscal year at their May 20 meeting.
    The district's budget summary information amended budget for fiscal year 2020 shows revenues of $9,524,980, expenditures of $9,224,991, and a difference of $299,989, for an estimated fund balance on June 30 of $4,862,556.
    The figures cover the educational fund, operations and maintenance fund, transportation, and the working cash fund.
    District superintendent Dustin Bilbruck said he was concerned about a slight deficit showing in the transportation fund, with the district having to buy two new buses to keep their fleet up to date.
    He said hopefully those purchases will come next year.
    The board hopes to approve the budget, with any amendments, at its June meeting. 
    Board members also approved a budget amendment hearing, set for June 24 at 6:20 p.m. at the high school library. 
    That hearing is held before the regular board meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m.

constructConstruction is progressing on Carlyle High School’s expansion, the addition of a cafeteria and multipurpose room, though behind scheduled due to wet weather. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    The Carlyle School District officially closed out its school year May 19.
    The district's fourth quarter was conducted via remote learning, and teachers are compiling all students' work completed at home — either electronic or hard copies — to translate that into some type of grade or score.
    This was due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker's issuing numerous executive orders which changed the makeup of the school year and then ended it.
    In-person learning was canceled on March 17 — Carlyle schools ended session the day before — through March 30.
    On April 1 remote learning was extended through April 30, but on April 17 Pritzker ordered the closure of all schools for the remainder of the academic year.
    The scenario was difficult on the students, parents and teachers, and without a level playing field.

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