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CHS Principal Jeff Van Drie resigning at end of school year

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Chesterton High School Principal Jeff Van Drie is resigning effective June 30, the Duneland School Board announced at its meeting Monday night.

Van Drie is leaving to move to South Carolina with his wife Katherine as she pursues a Master of Fine Arts degree there at Clemson University. Its tough, Van Drie told the Chesterton Tribune. I love this place, I love this community, but my wife is amazing, and its her time now.

Van Drie earned his undergraduate degree in history from Hillsdale College in Michigan and holds a Master of Science in education from Indiana University. He served CHS for 13 years. For the first eight he was assistant principal before moving up to principal in 2013. His experience before Duneland includes teaching social studies and coaching for 20 years at eight schools. Hes taught around the world--from Michigan and Ohio to El Salvador and the former Soviet Union. He coached basketball and football, leading some teams to state championships.

Van Drie will be remembered at Duneland for helping found the International Baccalaureate program, strengthening the advanced placement program, coordinating the school improvement plan, revamping administrative operations, and--most important--working tirelessly to create and maintain a healthy climate and culture for CHS students.

Van Dries honors include the University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher award in 1995, the Esperanza Award from the Rays of Hope Hispanic community group in 1999, and Indiana Association of School Principals District Assistant Principal of the Year in 2009.

CHS social studies teacher Bob DeRuntz took a moment at the meeting to thank Van Drie for his work at Duneland. Ive taught at CHS for 23 years, and Ive been so fortunate that for more than half of it Jeff has been principal and assistant principal, he said. Hes been a great leader. He has created a school where communication with students is based on respect and trust.

Duneland students encouraged to register online for 2018-19

Duneland Schools students are being encouraged to register online for the 2018-19 school year.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year will be held July 24-27. All students who are not new to the district are encouraged to register online. Only students registering in the Duneland Schools for the first time are required to appear in person. Students who are moving from one building to another can still register online.

Registration is at only one site this year: the Chesterton High School Fieldhouse.


Posted 4/3/2018




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