has found its next transportation manager following the passing of Jim
Bonfield in July.
Forszt, who has served as the School Corporation’s route coordinator for the
last few years, has been acting as interim director of transportation since
Bonfield’s death and during Monday’s Duneland School Board meeting was
announced as permanent director by Schools’ Superintendent David Pruis.
Forszt has been
part of Duneland’s transportation services for the past 18 years, starting
as a regular substitute bus driver.
“With a grateful
heart,” Forszt gave thanks to the board and the administration.
“I’m a testament to
the Corporation’s dedication and commitment to professionalism,” she said.
“I’m very glad to be here.”
Field trip drivers
Also at Monday’s
board meeting, Pruis asked the board to consider adjusting the pay for
school bus drivers who drive for field trips by increasing it to $15 per
hour and .75 cents per mile traveled.
The last time an
increase for field trip costs were approved was in 2001 at $10 per hour and
.50 cents per mile, Pruis said, and it’s well known that fuel costs have
gone up in the past 15 years.
Kristin Kroeger asked if this recommendation would cover the costs for the
trips. Forszt replied that it would be “close to the actual costs.” For the
first hour the driver gets paid more and eventually the rate goes down to a
minimum of $15 an hour.
But Kroeger asked
out loud “why don’t we just pay to cover the costs? Let’s protect our school
district and pay what it costs.”
Board member John
Marshall said it makes sense to him to have the costs calculated rather than
having a flat rate.
The board agreed
unanimously on a motion to pay drivers the actual cost of the trip and also
to accept the recommendation to increase the mileage pay to .75 cents per
latest personnel report were the latest appointments and resignations.
Connie Crowley has
been hired as secretary for Duneland’s instructional materials center.
Maria Torres will
be working as a kitchen helper. Dale Heuer will work as a custodian.
Aide hires include
Kelley O’Connor as a Title 1 Aide at Brummitt Elementary, Kristen Janowiak
as an instructional aide at Bailly Elementary, Remy Lewis as a utility aide
at CHS, Becky Hull as an instructional aide at Jackson Elementary, Suzanee
Willems as a regular bus aide.
Also at CHS, Thomas
Schmidt will be involved with alternative class placement, Jennifer
Jendrzejczyk will coach intramural basketball and Delene McGowan will serve
as a secretary.
Brummitt Title 1 Aide Shannon Loney, Yost Elementary Title 1 aide Diane
Brechner and bus drivers Sharon Miller and Lisa Ragon.
lauded Brummitt Elementary for participating in the National Road Runners
Club event on Friday, Sept. 18, that charted 175 miles run or walked by
students and staff around the campus at Brummitt. Organized by 4th Grade
teacher Mike Stiles, the event was to promote physical activity and healthy
living in the community.
He also applauded
Liberty Elementary School’s promotion of pediatric cancer awareness month in
September. The school participated in activities such as a super hero day,
coin collection and a bake sale and raised $2,505 in a week’s time.
The proceeds will
be evenly split between Rusty’s Hope and the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids
Foundation, Pruis said.
Pruis named a
plethora of student groups and teams that have performed well in the last
couple of days -- the Trojan Guard is advancing to the state finals later
this month in the ISSMA competitions, the CHS Girls Golf team won the
Duneland Athletic Conference and finished third at state, the CHS Girls and
Boys Soccer teams won Sectionals and so did the CHS Boys Tennis team.
Board President Ayres said he is grateful to everyone involved in creating
the display cases at Entrance 31 at CHS honoring the 125th anniversary of
the school. The costs were covered primarily by donations from the families
of Mox Ruge and Mike Harris. The Westchester Township History Museum is
going to add to the three displays which will be rotated, Ayres said.
“It’s going to be
very nice,” he said.