track coach at CHS.
* Toby Gentry was
appointed volunteer assistant baseball coach at CHS.
* Brad Smeja was
appointed volunteer assistant football coach at CHS.
* Kimberly Baer was
appointed Duneland School Corporation bus driver.
* Samantha Leja was
appointed instructional aide at Liberty Elementary.
* Nancy Stueber was
appointed cafe/recess aide at Brummitt Elementary.
Graupner and Daphne Pantazis were appointed to share the position of Drama
Director at CMS.
* Gena Roberts was
appointed girl’s intramural basketball coach at Westchester Intermediate.
* Nicholas Sufana
was appointed boy’s intramural basketball coach at Westchester Intermediate.
people have resigned: CHS assistant girls track coach Kellie Cahillane;
custodian Felicia Bachman; Brummitt Elementary lunch/recess aide Rebecca
Boyd; CHS lunch aide Tahana Letica; and CMS instructional aide Cathy
Schuster. Amber Tarnowski and Elizabeth Martin are on leave from Jackson
Elementary. Custodian Anne Williams has retired.
Ginger Bolinger commented that the student population at Duneland Schools
has expanded and changed a lot since the corporation last had a
comprehensive study of demographics. The board accordingly approved
Bolinger’s request for permission to move forward on a contract with Dr.
Robert Boyd of Indiana State University, who performed the last
comprehensive study of Duneland Schools.
Bolinger said that
this time Boyd will focus on educational space utilization as well as
demographics. Board Vice-President Brandon Kroft, for his part, said that he
thinks the study will be valuable in future Board decisions. “Our community
is changing and changing rapidly before our eyes, and I think we need to be
prepared for what kind of changes we’ll need.”
Boyd will begin his
analysis in February and report findings in May. He will be compensated
board renewed its memorandum of understanding with the Chesterton Police
Department for providing school resource officers.
Bolinger closed the
meeting with comments encouraging the public to support CHS winter sports
teams that have upcoming events, including the girls and boys swimming and
diving teams, wrestling team, girls and boys basketball teams, and
gymnastics team. “We’ve got great things happening, great athletes, great
students,” she added.