This summer, most Duneland School buildings will be open only four days a
week, under a work schedule similar to the austerity measure first enacted
The Duneland School Board on Monday approved the summer work schedule, which
mainly affects school administrative and classified staff members. Regular
business hours will be held the first week of summer break, from June 6 to
10, when the work week will consist of five eight-hour days. But after that,
through August 1, the staff members will work four, 10-hour days on most
The exception is the week of July 4, when the offices and buildings will be
open for four, eight-hour days Tuesday through Friday.
The work schedule affects all school employees except for those at
Chesterton High School, due to the summer school programs.
Generally, the Administration Center will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Thursday during the four day work weeks.
Duneland Superintendent Dirk Baer said the reduced hours worked well last
summer and helped cut costs by keeping the buildings closed an extra day.
All offices will resume normal business hours starting the week of August 1.
In personnel matters, the school board approved the following resignations:
Marcia Arnold, Chesterton Middle School Spanish teacher; Patricia Krewett,
CHS German teacher; and Krystal Blaylock, Bailly Elementary, Remediation and
Also Monday, the school board was treated to a presentation by Yost
Elementary second grade students, who read their original writings about
Yost Principal Anne Stillman said writing skills are one of Yost’s school
improvement goals and that the works by the students incorporate the six
traits of good writing, including voice and presentation.
The students who read their works in front of the school board were: Amelia
Thupvong, Katie Hansen, Ellery Brunt, Anna Guzek, Luke Lombardini, Jaden
Juarez, Allison Christian, Peyton Martinson, Alyssa Montes-Atchison, and
Also Monday, the school board approved a 5-cent increase in school lunch
prices to comply with a federal law dealing with equity in lunch prices.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools participating in
the national school lunch program to adjust their lunch prices, or provide
non-federal funding, to offset any difference in lunch prices between the
higher federal reimbursement provided to schools for free lunches and the
lower federal reimbursement provided for paid lunches.
Accordingly, the lunch prices will now go to $2.15 for K-6, $2.35 for 7-12
and $3 for adult lunches.
matters, the school board terminated a special pay deferral plan first
established in 2002 for classified staff. Very few retirees have been
participating in the plan, said Assistant Superintendent David Pruis.
The board also
agreed to advertise for bids the Westchester Intermediate School interior
office remodeling and new entry vestibule project that was outlined at last
The school board
also revised its next board meetings. The May 2 meeting has been rescheduled
to May 16, and the June 6 meeting has been rescheduled to June 7.