School Principal Michael Megyesi and Jackson Elementary Principal Dr. Linda
Rugg have resigned, effective June 12, according to the Duneland School
Corporation’s June personnel report.
Megyesi told the
Chesterton Tribune he’s moving on to the Merrillville Community School
Corporation, where he’ll be principal at Fieler Elementary.
Merrilville, and I went to school there,” Megyesi said. “This is a great
opportunity for me to give back to a community that has given me so much. I
wouldn’t be where I am today without Merrillville Schools.”
Before coming to
Duneland, Megyesi was assistant principal/athletic director at Washington
Township Middle/High School for three years. He was hired as principal of
CMS in 2012.
Megyesi said the
staff, students, and community in Duneland have been incredible to work
with. “I’ve learned a whole heck of a lot,” he said. “I’ll forever be
grateful for what Duneland has done for me and my family.”
thanks to the Duneland School Board; former Superintendents Dr. David Pruis,
Dr. Dirk Baer, and Dr. Ginger Bolinger; current Interim Superintendent Judy
Malasto; Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffet; CFO Lynn Kwilasz; and
Director of Support Services Greg Lindy. “The whole central administration
has been very supportive, and I’m going to miss working with them,” Megyesi
Rugg earned her
Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Purdue University.
She was first hired at Duneland in 1974 and was a principal for the Michigan
City Area Schools before returning to Duneland as Jackson’s principal in
2000, where she stayed for 19 years.
“I owe so much to
Duneland Schools,” Rugg told the Tribune. “I had a long teaching
career in Duneland that began at Jackson Elementary. It was so nice to be
able to return to Jackson as the principal.”
Rugg said she’s
beginning “a journey down a different path in education,” but she’s thankful
for the expertise and knowledge gained, and she’ll cherish the memories
she’s made, at Jackson.
always be in my heart. It is my neighborhood school,” Rugg said. “I am
grateful for Duneland believing in me and providing me with the opportunity
to teach and nurture young minds and to be a servant leader to so many
amazing teachers and staff during my tenure here.”
Malasto took a
moment at Monday’s School Board meeting to thank Rugg, Megyesi, and four
other outgoing long-time Duneland staffers.
Monica Hargarten, who’s retiring after years of teaching first grade and
kindergarten at Duneland; Mary Ann Martin, who’s retiring after teaching
third grade at Liberty, fourth grade at Jackson, and FACS at CHS; and Brian
Norris, who was well-loved as a fourth grade teacher at Jackson.
assistant superintendent for operations and human resources, is also
retiring. Malasto said Moffet came to Duneland after being a principal at
River Forest Schools and earned his EdS. from Indiana State University.
everything you’ve done and wish you well in your retirement,” Malasto said.
In addition, the
search for Duneland’s new superintendent is coming to a close, according to
School Board President Brandon Kroft.
The School Board
will hold a public hearing at 8 a.m. Monday, June 17 at the Administration
Center, 601 W. Morgan Avenue, Chesterton, where Dunelanders can weigh-in on
the proposed terms of a new superintendent contract with a candidate who is
yet to be named. The Board will vote on the contract at a public meeting at
8 a.m. Monday, June 24.
contract is public on the Duneland Schools website. Those interested can
find it by hovering over the “Administration” tab and clicking on the
“School Board” option in the drop-down menu.
The term of the
contract is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 with a base annual salary of
$147,500 for a 260-day work year. The proposed contract provides for a
$6,000 annual car allowance and a $100 monthly technology stipend for a cell
phone, and provides that the superintendent shall be eligible for a bonus of
either $4,500 or $6,500 per year if he or she is rated either “effective” or
“highly effective” in annual evaluations.
contract also provides that Duneland Schools will contribute $10,000 per
year to the superintendent’s 401(a) retirement account and $5,000 per year
to his or her VEBA account. Per the contract, Duneland Schools would also
“pay all reasonable expenses” for the superintendent to attend conferences
and to join professional organizations, provided the Board is given notice
of the superintendent’s desire to do these things and approves the expenses
The Duneland School
Board made the following additional personnel moves and approved summer
school staff Monday.
Project Lead the Way/engineering technology teacher at CHS
high ability aide for Duneland School Corporation
assistant boys golf coach at CHS
boys head golf coach and boys assistant golf coach at CHS
brush with the masters instructor at Brummitt Elementary
--Taylor Tice, art
club at CMS
fifth grade teacher at Westchester Intermediate
industrial tech teacher at CHS
--Marie Gandy, DALC
teacher at CHS
science teacher and 7th grade assistant girls track coach at CMS
--Maria Nuzzo, math
teacher at CMS
--Shane Smith, math
teacher at CHS
media secretary at Yost Elementary
head cheerleading coach at CHS
Jason Conway was
appointed first grade teacher for summer school at Bailly Elementary and
Mary Ann Martin will be an instructional aide during summer school at Bailly.
teachers are teaching summer school at CHS. Mark Peterson will teach Biology
I. Mark Anderson will teach Health/PE. John Snyder, Jamie Anselm, and David
Milligan will teach PE. Nick Bamber will teach PE and Math. Jennifer
Jendrzejczyk, Anne Sharp, Michelle Wise, Jacob Lukach, and Charles Smith
will teach English. Matt Gland and Christine Bullock will teach Government.
Dale Hewitt, Matt Waters, Bryan Nallenweg, and Luke Starkey will teach
Economics. Erin Cochran will teach Algebra I. Chris Hackett will teach
Math/alternative school, and Shane Smith will be the alternative school sub.
Erin Cochran, Adam
Tenbarge, Mark Skube, and Brian Hennigar will teach Bridges. Bob DeRuntz
will teach Trailbound.
Kristen Peterson, and Dan Caudle will serve as summer school principals.