In rural schools, the responsibility of a counselor is different than in Bloomington-Normal.
While Lexington High School Counselor Carlie Newton's primary responsibility is 150 high school students, she works across the entire district when needed and handles various duties, including scheduling, personal counseling and coordinating anti-bullying programs.
"Two counselors would be too many. Some days one is not enough, but it balances out," said Lexington Superintendent Curt Nettles.
Heyworth Superintendent Ty Wolf, however, said "it would be great to have two counselors — one who could focus on junior high and one on high school, or even one who could concentrate on personal counseling and one on college/career." Heyworth High School has 420 students.
Heyworth counselor Shelli Billingsley also helps the district, but has a long list of duties at the high school, including career counseling, running the National Honor Society and organizing senior awards night.
"(A second counselor) is unlikely in a school our size," Wolf said. "The state would need to reinstate the funding that has been reduced over the last eight years."