Some news is so
good it’s worth sharing and Duneland administrators shared with the School
Board at its meeting Monday the news that they were selected as a recipient
this year of the Indiana Department of Education’s innovation planning
Superintendent of Instruction for Duneland Jim Goetz said that Duneland will
receive up to $30,000 in grant money to be used for supporting professional
development, infrastructure and increased technology in the classrooms for
online learning. Also under the grant, Duneland personnel may travel to
other schools to see how they are using technology, Goetz said.
Superintendent of Public Education Glenda Ritz announced earlier on Monday
the fifteen school corporations awarded the $35,000 grants, or $450,000
total, with the Duneland School Corporation being at the top of the list.
The grants are funded through the David C. Ford Educational Technology
Programs Fund, according to the DOE’s website.
Goetz said this is
the first time that Duneland is among the recipients. The grant program was
initiated about five years ago.
The School Board
voted 5-0 to accept the grant.
School Board approved Monday’s consent agenda which included the latest
hires, appointments and resignations in Duneland Schools.
Appointed as the
7th Grade Boys Assistant Basketball coach at Chesterton Middle School is
Adam Tenbarge and as Freshman Volleyball coach at Chesterton High School is
Jennifer Williams. Hired as a kitchen helper for Duneland is Jessica Parks.
month are kitchen helpers Rachel Alioto and Johnna Dolph, bus driver Dean
Lombardini and Jackson Elementary remediation aide Samantha Coen.
In other personnel
matters, the School Board voted 5-0 to approve renewal of the School
Corporation’s health insurance with Anthem as its third-party administrator.
Superintendent of Schools David Pruis said the school insurance committee
made up of certified staff, classified staff and administrative staff met
about two weeks ago and reviewed the claims for 2016.
There will be a six
percent increase in the cost for premiums, Pruis said. He said nothing in
the plan has changed in terms of benefits or design.
Premiums are paid
80 percent by the school corporation and 20 percent by the employee.
will be happening this month through the second week of December and the
renewed plan will take effect on Jan. 1, Pruis said.
superintendent comments section, Pruis congratulated the CHS sports teams
that had competed at their respective state championships this fall -- the
Boys Cross Country team, Boys Soccer team, and the Girls Golf team. Pruis
also commended the Boys Tennis team which won its first ever Duneland
Athletic Conference title.
Pruis mentioned are the 49th annual Veterans Day program at CMS, which will
be held inside the gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. this Friday. The public is invited
to attend. “If you have not been to any of the previous programs in the last
48 years, I encourage you to go,” Pruis said.
Music and Drama Departments present their fall musical “Godspell” at 7 p.m.
on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19. A matinee performance will be
Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
What some consider
to be the start of the holiday season, the CHS Madrigal Dinner presented by
the Music Department will be Friday, Dec.2, Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday,
Dec. 4 inside the CHS cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 18.
congratulated Bailly Elementary School and Westchester Intermediate on their
50th year of educating Duneland students.
Due to schedule
conflicts among board members, the board decided to reschedule its December
meeting to Monday, Dec. 12 and it January reorganization meeting to
Thursday, Jan. 12.