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Duneland School Board names assistant coaches

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Correction: John Christy is named assistant girls track coach at CHS

A story on the front page of Wednesday’s edition of the Chesterton Tribune contained an error.

The Duneland School Board named John Christy as an assistant girls track coach at Chesterton High School. Christy will be a Level 3 assistant.

The Tribune regrets the mistake.



The Duneland School Board made 10 new appointments at its meeting Monday night.

According to the personnel report, the Board made the following personnel moves:

* John Christy was appointed assistant girl's 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.

* Elizabeth 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.

The following 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.

Comprehensive Study

Superintendent Dr. 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 $12,000.

Other Business

Meanwhhile, the 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.


Posted 1/17/2017




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