District 272 Board OKs tentative budget; in-person school still on target

No changes made to Amboy’s plan to begin in-person classes Aug. 17


AMBOY – A tentative budget and several personnel items were discussed by the Amboy District 272 Board of Education during an Aug. 6 Finance Committee meeting.

The board approved a tentative budget for the 2020-2021 school year and also scheduled a budget hearing, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Central School.

A resolution in support of the proposed Eldena Solar Farm project was also approved by the board.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Denise Clothier as a paraprofessional. They also hired several staff members for the 2020-2021 school year: Belinda Lewis as library aide/cafeteria cashier at Amboy Junior High, Emily Goff as Library Aide at Central School, Rebecca Kaufman as paraprofessional at Central School, Kristy Willstead as paraprofessional at Central School, Kelsey Smothers as paraprofessional at Central School, and Erica Boyle as reading paraprofessional at Central School.

School Reopening Plan

So far, no changes have been made to Amboy’s fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Families were given two options, either in-person instruction or remote learning. The choice of options will require a one-month commitment. School will begin on Monday, Aug. 17.

A traditional grading scale will be used for both options and all students will be required to adhere to specified due dates. Remote learning students will need to participate in daily activities assigned to be marked as present.

  • In-Person Instruction: Students will attend a six-hour day from 8:10 a.m.–2:20 p.m. Face coverings are required for all students and staff, social distancing must be maintained and no more that 50 people can be gathered in one space. Symptom screening and temperature checks will be conducted prior to entering a school building or boarding a bus.
  • Remote Learning: Students are encouraged to participate in any classroom discussions that are available through a district-approved platform throughout the day. Teachers will be available from 2:20–3:20 p.m. to answer questions and upload any videos. Parents will be responsible to pick up remote learning materials from the schools.

Superintendent Joshua Nichols said he is closely monitoring the sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases in some nearby areas and if a similar situation occurred in Amboy, the plan for starting school could change.

The entire school reopening plan is available at amboy.net.