The Duneland School
Board approved a number of building and maintenance expenses at its meeting
First, Director of
Support Services Greg Lindy proposed that the Duneland School Corporation
should have a facilities assessment study done. Lindy said the process
involves an architect going through all the schools over the summer and
giving a report intended to help with long-range planning. The report will
detail what repairs are recommended throughout the schools, what projects
should be priority, and provide basic costs for the projects at all nine
schools, including the administration center and the service center.
The architect will
present the report to the Board at a public meeting approximately 60 to 90
days after inspections are done, Lindy said. The work is estimated to cost
$62,500 from Tria Architecture.
Lindy said he isn’t
aware of the DSC having a similar study done, and neither is his
Board member John
Marshall said his business has done similar studies. “They are invaluable,”
Marshall said. “They present kind of a blueprint going forward.”
Vice-president Kristin Kroeger agreed the assessment should also include the
wellness clinic and the Westchester Township History Museum, which DSC is
also responsible for maintaining.
The Board approved
Lindy to go forward with the assessment, and have those two buildings added
to the original estimate.
The Board also
approved some kitchen equipment upgrades for Jackson and Brummitt Elemnetary
Schools not to exceed $80,000. Lindy said he and Wellness and Nutrition
Manager Tammy Watkins want to move toward having each school prepare lunch
and breakfast on-site. Currently, staff at Chesterton High School and
Liberty Intermediate School prepare food that is then transported to other
schools by truck.
maintenance item before the Board was improvements to the CHS back-up
generator. Lindy reported the generator isn’t at end of life, but some of
its wiring needs to be reconfigured for optimal performance. The
reconfigured wiring can remain in place if a new generator is needed in the
near future. The Board approved the work by H & T Electrical Services for
In other business,
the Board also approved the 2019/2020 holiday schedule (adjusted for the
leap year) and school supply lists and reappointed Nick Tilden to the
Westchester Public Library Board of Trustees.