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Duneland School board hears WIS going green

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The foliage around Duneland has made its yearly transformation to yellows, oranges and reds this fall but things will be back to green again at Westchester Intermediate School during the week of Nov. 17-21.

Members of the Duneland School Board got a preview of “Going Green” week at WIS, which Principal Shawn Longacre referred to as a tradition “unique” to the school.

“To my knowledge, no other school in our area has something like this,” Longacre said.

Sixth grade students Alyssa Heilmann, Drake Joiner, Vincent Panozzo and Samantha Henderson described to the board some of the activities planned for the week.

Events include a lucky litter contest picking up garbage from the hallways, decorating a recycled materials float with a going green theme and pop tab collecting contest from each homeroom to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, all culminating in the “anti-garbage” Olympic-style event on that Friday.

“We are trying to do our best to reduce, recycle and reuse,” said Henderson, who helped her classmates pass out reusable grocery bags to the school board that have the WIS emblem on it.

Helping organizing the events are the WIS student council sponsors Megan Sexton who teaches 6th grade Math and Dalila Reeder who teaches 6th grade Science and Social Studies.

Assisting the school in creating iPad videos and the Going Green website is Duneland District Technology Training Coordinator Sharon Klahn. The web pages can be accessed on WIS’s home page.

Longacre said he is proud of the students and staff’s participation in the events.

“It’s a fun and educational week for our kids,” he said.

Budget appropriation

During the business portion of the meeting, the School Board unanimously approved a resolution recommended by Schools Superintendent David Pruis to make an additional appropriation of $370,000 to the Debt Service Fund.

Pruis said the appropriation is for the general obligation bond issued in 2009 for the expansion of Liberty Elementary School and the cash is available in the DSC’s debt service fund.

Prior to the vote a public hearing was opened, which yielded no comments.

The hearing for the appropriation had been advertised as a legal notice in the Chesterton Tribune on Oct. 21.

Pruis salutes fall accomplishments

It was a season to be proud of for Duneland, said Pruis reflecting on Fall 2013 in his superintendent’s report.

His accolades included members of the CHS High School Trojan Guard Marching Band, which took first place in the Indiana State School Music Association’s Scholastic Finals in Indianapolis competition on Saturday, Oct. 26, placing first over sixteen other schools and last Saturday did an exhibition performance in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s very impressive for our group. Our kids worked very hard,” he said.

Pruis also lauded the CHS girls soccer team for their victory in the Duneland Athletic Conference last month with a perfect record of 9-0 and the Chesterton girls golf team which qualified for a sixth consecutive year in the IHSAA State Golf Finals where they placed 13th out of 15 teams.

He also recognized the Chesterton Football team for their valiant effort in last Friday’s Class 6A Sectional 2 championship game against the No. 1 ranked Penn High School wrapping up the fall season.

On a non-sports related matter, Pruis gave kudos to the CHS yearbook staff for their seven first-place Harvey awards at the Indiana High School Press Association’s annual convention on Oct. 18, where they beat out several schools who before had been recognized at national levels.

Lastly, Pruis announced that Duneland is the recipient of a $35,000 matching grant from the Indiana Secured School Safety Board, gained through the efforts of Duneland Director of Safety and Security Steve Rohe and Director of Support Services Greg Lindy.

Lindy, from the audience, told the board that the grant would be used to buy equipment and enhancements for access control such as more security cameras.

Trail Bound to Manassas

CHS will continue its Trail Bound class and its Marine Biology classes next summer as approved by the board.

Students accepted in the Trail Bound class will spend a week (June 15-21) in Manassas, Va. to hike and view places where famous battles of the Civil War took place such as the first Battle of Bull Run.

Cost for the trip is $680 and applications were due on Friday, Nov. 1, said assistant superintendent of instruction Jim Goetz.

Offered again will be the Marine Biology Scuba class to Key Largo, Fla., from June 15-19 next summer. Costs for that trip are in the range of $1,800-1,900 and applications were due on Friday, Oct. 18.

The courses are funded primarily though the student fees, not from the school corporation, Goetz said.

Board president Mike Trout said he is proud the school has been able to offer the courses for more than 15 years.

“It’s been here a long time. It’s a great program,” Trout said.

Meeting date shuffle

The Duneland School Board usually meets on the first Monday of the month.

However, because of multiple schedule conflicts, the school board will not meet again until Monday, Dec. 16.

Also, the 2014 reorganization meeting will be pushed back to the Wednesday after winter break, Jan. 8, instead of the first Monday.

Pruis said there may be an additional meeting needed in January at which the CFO will report to the school board on the DSC’s various financial investments.

Legislative season starts

Following up with matters in the Indiana General Assembly, school board member Ralph Ayres told his colleagues that there will be an organizational day for the Statehouse and the Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when new bills will be introduced.

Ayres said 20 to 30 percent of those routinely are related to education. Since this is not a budget year, the Assembly session will be shorter, he added.

On a related note, the Porter County Retired Teachers Association will hold their annual legislative forum next year at Wheeler High School on Saturday, Feb. 8, Ayres said.

Personnel Report

Meanwhile in this month’s personnel report from Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett, it was announced that Kelly Kratz will be a long-term substitute teacher at CHS.

Also at CHS, Heather Pflug has been appointed a utility aid, Adam Cunningham as an alternative school aide, and David Sulzer as an access control greeter.

At Bailly Elementary, Christina Fowler will be a long-term substitute first grade teacher, Kim Parks a Title I aide, and Christy Winstead a kitchen helper.

Brummitt Elementary will see Donna Nay as a custodian. Katie Sterns has been appointed as a kitchen helper at Chesterton Middle School. Michelle Bryant will be an instructional aide at Yost Elementary.

Greg Martinson will be the Duneland Schools new groundskeeper.

Resigning this past month were Bailly Elementary kitchen helper Yolanda Zielinski, CHS Utility aide Adam Cunningham, Liberty Intermediate lunch aide Janet King, CHS access control greeter Stacy Molzhon, Duneland Maintenance Dept. employee Joe Nadratowski and bus driver Susan Darge.

On child care leave until Dec. 20 is Bailly Elementary kindergarten teacher Michelle Mercon.



Posted 11/5/2013