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Dr. Ginger Bolinger is pick to lead Duneland Schools

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Dr. Ginger Bolinger

 

By KEVIN NEVERS

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 contract.

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.

Retained to 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.

 

NOTE:

Correction on spelling of new superintendent’s name

In its two-story, 60-odd column inch coverage of the newly tapped Duneland Schools Superintendent, the Chesterton Tribune consistently misspelled her name. She is Dr. Ginger Bolinger. The Tribune regrets its mistake. The story above has been corrected.

 

Posted 5/17/2017 (Corrected 5/18/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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