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Duneland School lunches to cost more; board sets textbook fees

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Duneland parents -- don’t forget to give your child an extra dime for lunch each day next school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dave Pruis said that due in part to the Federal Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act, Duneland will need to raise lunch prices by 10 cents in each category for 2014-15.

The act requires local school districts to gradually increase meal charges to provide support to the National School Lunch Program which funds child nutrition and free lunch programs for low income children.

The school board approved during its meeting Monday a new schedule of lunch prices. Elementary/Intermediate student lunches will be $2.35. CMS and CHS student lunches will be $2.55 and adults will be charged $3.10.

This is the first time in several years that lunch prices have increased, Pruis said.

Breakfast prices, however, will remain the same, he said.

Textbook/instruction fees

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz presented the proposed textbook rental listings next for grades K-6, which the board approved.

This year will see additions in the Language Arts texts for grades K-2 and 6. Costs will be $9.19 for Kindergarten, $14.37 for 1st Grade, $9.46 for 2nd Grade and $15.29 for 6th Grade. By not having the Language Art texts, textbook fees Grades 3-5 shrank. Other textbook prices will stay the same.

Totals for textbook rental and instruction fees for Kindergarten through 6th Grade are listed with what they were last year in parentheses for comparison: Kindergarten -- $152 ($143), 1st Grade -- $184 ($170), 2nd Grade -- $153 ($144), 3rd Grade -- $142 ($153), 4th Grade -- $129 ($140), 5th Grade -- $136 ($147) and 6th Grade -- $154 ($143).

Textbook and instructional fees for the middle school and high school will vary, Goetz said, depending on the specific courses each student takes.

Higher access for High Ability

Also Monday, the school board received a presentation from Liberty Twp. Elementary Principal Christy Jarka who showed the advancements in the DSC’s High Ability Program which includes all grades K-12.

Jarka said this year the High Ability page on the DSC website was broadened after parents began asking more questions about what the program entails.

“Parents want to know about what’s taking place in High Ability,” said Jarka, who oversees the program in grades K-4.

All students in Kindergarten and 2nd grade are tested for eligibility into the program with CogAT testing, or Cognitive Abilities Test measuring language/arts skills and reasoning abilities.

More information about CogAT is now included on the High Ability page under the Programs and Services tab on the Duneland website.

The site was updated to make it easier for parents who want to make an appeal for the school to reevaluate their child’s eligibility. Appeals will be handled on a case by case basis, Jarka said.

Teachers have started a blog for parents of High Ability students

Jarka also reported percentages of Duneland students who have been involved in the High Ability program this year.

For grades K-4, 15.5 percent of students are in language or math High Ability or both. For grades 5-6, 22 percent are in the program. At CMS, 16 percent of 7th graders and 17 percent of 8th graders are in the program.

At CHS, about 1,140 students are included in the High Ability program, Jarka said.

Rich Gardner updated the board on Duneland’s involvement with the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) which he is advisor for.

A “sister” of Leadership Northwest Indiana, SLYCE selects sophomores and juniors from nearly 30 NWI schools with potential to sharpen their leadership skills over the course of a year, Gardner said. Students devote an entire Friday each month to learn about different community issues and stay connected as leaders, skills that “youth today are somewhat missing,” he said. Gardner said there were nine applicants from Duneland this year. Three were accepted and two are in the program currently - juniors Natalie Petro and Kaylee Slont.

There are a total of 56 NWI students in the program which has limited funding, making it competitive to get into. Students are nominated by their schools or youth organization.

The Duneland Education Program awarded a grant of $800 for the Duneland students to participate this year.

DSC board member John Marshall mentioned he has an employee who went through the similar LNI program, who possesses a strong sense of on-the-job professionalism.

CHS 2014-15 coaches

In the personnel report, Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett included a list of coaching appointments at CHS for the upcoming year.

J.V. Football - Andrew Prater and Rob Kania.

Girls Basketball 9th Grade Assist. - Gary Richardson.

Boys/Girls Swimming and Diving Asst. - Andy Wheele.

Gymnastics Asst. - Leslie West.

Wrestling J.V. - Keith Davison.

Wrestling 9th Grade - Alex Boatright.

Boys CC Asst. - Tom Moeller.

Girls CC Head Coach - Brian Carden.

Boys Track Head Coach - T.R. Harlan.

Boys Track Asst. - Clint Brown, Chris Holth.

Girls Track Asst. - Brian Carden, Jim Socha.

Boys Soccer Asst. - Dr. William Biehl.

Boys Soccer J.V. - Lucas Sebedra.

Boys Tennis Head Coach - Tom Bour.

Girls Tennis Head Coach - Gretchen Shinn.

Girls Tennis Asst. - Tom Bour.

Volleyball Head Coach - T.R. Harlan.


Posted 6/5/2014