The Duneland School
Board held a special meeting this morning where it named Chip Pettit the new
Superintendent of Duneland Schools.
the principal of Crown Point High School, will begin as Duneland’s
Superintendent July 1.
“I look forward to
serving the students, parents, and staff here in the Duneland community, and
I can’t wait to get started,” Pettit said this morning.
Pettit said he
would further discuss his goals for Duneland with a Chesterton Tribune
reporter next month.
The School Board
held a special meeting last Monday to gather public input on Pettit’s
contract, which is public on the Duneland Schools website. Per the contract
approved this morning, Pettit will be paid a base salary of $147,500
annually and be eligible for a bonus of $4,500 or $6,500 per year if he is
rated “effective” or “highly effective” by the Board in annual evaluations.
The contract also provides Pettit with a $6,000 per year car allowance and a
$100 per month technology stipend for a cell phone.
Two members of the
public asked questions last week. Board President Brandon Kroft gave the
public another opportunity to comment this morning, but no one spoke.
According to a
Duneland School Corporation press release, Kroft said the Board was
impressed with Pettit for several reasons: “He has demonstrated a passion
for educating kids and making a difference in the classroom, the boardroom,
and in the community. We have high standards in Duneland, and feel we have a
superintendent who is committed to exceptional leadership.”
Kroft is further
quoted in the release: “Chip is a consensus-builder who will take the best
Duneland has to offer and bring our school community together to work for
common higher goals. We were impressed with his commitment to innovation and
his proven record of collaboration to produce positive and tangible results
Pettit is a
life-long resident of Northwest Indiana who graduated from Crown Point High
School and Valparaiso University, according to the release. He earned a
master’s degree from Indiana University Northwest and is poised to complete
a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ball State University next month.
principal of Crown Point High School for seven years, where he worked with
over 2,750 students and 200 staff members to build “effective educational
and community partnerships that helped 75% of graduating seniors earn
college credit and one-third of all students complete a year of college
prior to graduating from high school,” according to the release.
Pettit’s efforts at
CPHS “led to the development of a work-based learning and internship
program, in which senior students were placed in over 250 local businesses
that aligned with college and career interests,” DSC further said in the
tenure, Newsweek named Crown Point High the top public high school in
Indiana. Pettit was a teacher for at-risk students, an athletic director at
the middle-school-level, an advanced placement teacher, a dean of students
and director of student services, and head football coach for 13 years prior
to being principal.
Pettit is quoted in
the release: “The support of the recent referendum by the Duneland community
played a key role in my decision to accept this appointment as
Superintendent. A community that supports the passage of the referendum is
clearly one that places a high value on students and education. I am honored
and humbled to accept this role and to work with the nearly 5,900 students,
their parents and guardians, the Duneland teachers, staff and community
residents for a better Duneland School Corporation and a better Duneland