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Duneland Schools Superintendent Bolinger retires

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By LILY REX

Duneland Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ginger Bolinger, has notified the DSC of her intent to retire due to health and family issues.

Bolinger gave notice of her decision in a statement to the Board: “I am extremely grateful to the Board, administrators, teachers, students and community members of the Duneland School Corporation for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your superintendent.”

“The past year and a half have provided the opportunity for many positive things to occur for students, due to team efforts of many individuals. I am proud to have been a part of the growth initiatives that have taken place in our school corporation,” Bolinger said.

Bolinger cited family and health matters that deserve her attention as the reason for her abrupt retirement. She said the Board, administrators, and teachers are in a very good position to continue work on the district’s strategic plans and move on forward key initiatives that are in place.

Board President John Marshall praised Bolinger’s tenure as superintendent of the Duneland School Corporation. “Dr. Bolinger provided leadership to evaluate many of our programs and to further develop strategic plans for the district’s future. We wish Dr. Bolinger very well in her retirement and the next chapter of her life,” Marshall stated.

Marshall indicated that no timeline has been set at this time for naming a new superintendent, but the Board will consider this procedure in the coming days. Additionally, the Board will consider the interim leadership structure and make appropriate announcements of this soon.

Bolinger was hired effective July 1, 2017 to succeed outgoing Superintendent Dr. David Pruis. The Duneland School Board announced in May 2017 that it had picked Bolinger from 36 candidates who applied for the position through search consultant BWP & Associates.

Board member Kristin Kroeger, who was Board President at the time of Bolinger’s hire, told the Chesterton Tribune that the Board was confident it had found “an incredibly thoughtful and innovative leader” in Bolinger.

At the time of her hire, the Board dismissed concerns raised on social media about some of the moves Bolinger had made in her previous position as Superintendent of Madison Consolidated Schools in southern Indiana, saying they knew she had made unpopular decisions in that position, and they remained confident she was the best pick to lead Duneland.

Shortly after her hire, Bolinger successfully and swiftly negotiated a new contract with the Duneland Teacher’s Association in a marked improvement over the heated negotiations surrounding the 2016 contract.

Per her contract, Bolinger earned a base salary of $147,500. Duneland also agreed to make annual contributions of $10,000 to her 401(a) account and $8,000 to her VEBA account, in addition to providing her a car allowance of $750 a month.

 

 

Posted 12/5/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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