The Duneland School
Board has announced its choice for new superintendent.
She is Dr. Ginger
Bolinger, who since 2012 has served as superintendent of Madison
Consolidated Schools, a district in Southern Indiana with approximately
3,000 students, 350 employees, and 10 facilities.
The School Board is
scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Administration
Building to formally vote on Bolinger’s appointment and approve her
According to a
statement released this morning by School Board President Kristin Kroeger,
Bolinger was one of three dozen candidates to apply for the position,
opened by the retirement of Dr. Dave Pruis, effective June 30.
Bolinger comes to
the Duneland Schools with 24 years’ experience in school administration: as
assistant principle, North Spencer County School Corporation (1993-96);
principal, South Newton High School (1996-2001); coordinator of secondary
instruction, Metropolitan School District of Steuben County (2001-03);
superintendent, North Spencer County School Corporation (2003-05); assistant
superintendent for instruction, Marion Community Schools (2005-10); and
finally superintendent, Madison Consolidated.
Bolinger began her
career in education as a business teacher, Tipton Community School
Corporation (1986-93). She earned an MBA at Ball State University in 1991
and her Ph.D. in educational leadership at Indiana State University in 2000.
implement the search for a new superintendent was contracted recruitment
consultant BWP & Associates. “The board was committed to conducting an
executive search process that produced the best candidates to lead this
remarkable organization,” Kroeger said. “As board members, this is our most
important responsibility. If we do it the right way, we don’t have to do it
very often. It was important to all of us that we executed our
responsibility with the highest degree of integrity and quality.”
BWP received a
total of 36 applications, Kroeger noted. “We knew being Superintendent of
Duneland was a very attractive position. In terms of enrollment, we are in
the top 35 school districts in Indiana. We think this is a destination for
educational leaders and not a stop along the way in their careers. However,
36 applications far exceeded our expectations.”
Of those 36
candidates, 13 were invited to interview in person with BWP, which then
prepared a short-list of six candidates for the School Board to interview.
“We spent 60 to 90 minutes with each of the six candidates and invited three
to meet with us again for an extended period of time,” Kroeger said. “In the
second interview with the board, we spent more time with the candidates. We
talked casually about their lives, their hobbies, and to know who each of
them are as people. We also asked them to provide us with details on how
they would approach their first year at Duneland.”
“With Dr. Bolinger,
the board feels universally that we have found an incredibly thoughtful and
innovative leader,” Kroeger said. “Her energy and drive are inspiring. She
leads from a position of strength through experience, accountability,
collaboration, and compassion. We are thrilled that she has agreed to join
the Duneland faculty.”
Bolinger will earn
an annual base salary through 2020 of $147,500--Pruis’ outgoing salary was
$145,000--and be eligible for an annual bonus of not less than 5 percent,
based on the achievement of objectives agreed upon jointly by Bolinger and
the School Board.
Other terms: the
School Corporation will make an annual contribution of $10,000 to
Bolinger’s 401(a) account, an annual contribution of $8,000 to her VEBA
account, and provide her with a monthly automobile allowance of $750.