Jesse Brandt
Superintendent, Hall High School
Jesse Brandt Superintendent, Hall High School

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SPRING VALLEY — The Hall High School Board of Education discussed the events of recent days regarding the coronavirus pandemic during its March 18 meeting.

Superintendent Jesse Brandt told the board that students were provided resources to work from home but that they are not completing e-learning at this time.

“We are making the time the students are at home the best as we can,” Brandt said.

“If the time we are off is extended, we will probably have to move to e-learning,” he said.

Brandt said that the 10 days do not have to be made up at the end of the year and that the last day will still be May 21 unless something else changes and there are more days off. He explained that things are still changing day by day.

Brandt gave credit to all for the help he received.

“I would like to thank Principal Adam Wright and Assistant Principal Eric Bryant for all of their help this week. Also, all of our teachers have been great,” Brandt said.

The kitchen staff is busy making lunches for students. On March 18, 53 students ordered lunches, and the number ordered was slightly higher for March 19.

Wright provided the board with a quick update on SAT and Illinois Science Assessment testing (ISA). The SAT will be administered on April 14 during the school day, and ISA was scheduled for March 17-19 for juniors, although the testing window runs through April.

Wright said he isn’t sure at this time when it will be rescheduled.

Bryant gave an update on spring sports. He told the board that numbers are down 30 students from last year with senior numbers being especially low.

Bryant said, “Obviously, sports are on hold right now, but hopefully they get to participate.”

In other news:

• The IHSA membership renewal was approved.

• A donation in the amount of $153 was received from Heartland Bank for free throws made by the boys and girls basketball teams.

• The board approved the employment of Mary Donovan as Spanish teacher for the 2020-21 school year.

• Kylie Whightsil was approved as volunteer assistant softball coach for the 2020 season.

• The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 in the Hall High School Library.

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