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TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville High School (THS) principal, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Matt Hutchison has been a part of the Taylorville school district for approximately 26 years, with the last six being the high school principal. Hutchison talked about the challenges he, his staff, and the school district faced starting in March of 2020 when schools across the state were shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Hutchison said the school district adapted to educate students remotely, and also changed some of the high school’s long-time traditions, such as having a drive-thru graduation.
He told Kiwanis members that the fall of 2020 began with all students in remote learning, which continued until the second semester in early 2021. Hybrid learning started in the second semester, with students in their respective buildings two days a week and remote learning the other three. He added having students in the high school building was a morale booster for him, the administrative staff, and teachers. And in the 4th quarter of the school year, all students returned to in-person learning.
Hutchison said he was proud of his staff and the THS students for adapting during a very difficult school year which just concluded. The coming school year will begin with all students attending. The THS principal cited to Kiwanis members, the many awards and achievements earned by students during the past school year despite adverse circumstances, including having 26 Illinois state scholars.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.
TAYLORVILLE — Matt Hutchison, THS Principal, was the recent guest speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting. Hutchison spoke about the challenges he, his staff and school district faced during the 2020-21 school year.