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Duneland Schools receive technology grant from state; insurance renewed

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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 grants.

Assistant 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.

Indiana 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.

Personnel report

Meanwhile, the 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.

Resigning this month are kitchen helpers Rachel Alioto and Johnna Dolph, bus driver Dean Lombardini and Jackson Elementary remediation aide Samantha Coen.

Health insurance

premiums increase

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.

Duneland 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.

Open enrollment will be happening this month through the second week of December and the renewed plan will take effect on Jan. 1, Pruis said.


In the 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.

Upcoming events 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.

The Chesterton 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.

Pruis also 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.



Posted 11/8/2016




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