The Duneland School
Board made an insurance switch at its meeting Monday that will save the
School Corporation $130,000.
Mike Anton and
Julie Mendoza, of Anton Insurance, reported they looked at three different
proposals for changing Duneland’s property and casualty insurance, and they
recommended Duneland switch from Liberty Mutual to Great American.
Anton said the
savings are a result of the Board’s management: “I think you can thank your
experience and the way you handled the school corporation in the past few
Anton said Liberty
Mutual is a leader in school insurance in Indiana, but they tend to make
assessments based on state data rather than corporation-specific
information. “As other insurers are coming into the market, we’re able to
capture savings from that,” he said.
Brandon Kroft thanked them for saving the School Corporation, and the
taxpayers, money. “We very much appreciate your hard work,” Kroft said.
The Board also
approved Wellness and Nutrition Manager Tammy Watkins to contract with
Piazza Produce, out of Indianapolis, to provide produce for Duneland Schools
in the 2019-2020 year.
Duneland is contracting with Piazza after Duneland joined a group RFP by the
Northern Indiana Education Center. Piazza will be serving many school
corporations in the area this school year. “A great deal of their produce is
local Indiana produce, so that’s why we like to use them,” Watkins said.
reported the Duneland Schools will be providing more fresh fruit and
vegetables in its breakfast and lunch options this year--without raising
Director Bridget Martinson reported registration for returning students
begins Monday, July 15. Returning students can be registered online.
Like last year,
there will be single-site registration for new students or students whose
residency has changed. New student registration is at CHS Tuesday, July 23
from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., and July 24 and 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
and 6 to 8 p.m.
The Board approved
an annual resolution authorizing Duneland to invest using banks that are
approved on a state registry but outside Duneland’s geographic area.
Duneland CFO Lynn Kwilasz said the approval is a housekeeping matter the
Board revisits every year.
The Board approved
another housekeeping measure, allowing Kwilasz to cut checks to
extracurricular treasurers and food service workers so they can make change
for cash purchases in the next school year.
new Superintendent Chip Pettit extended thanks to the Porter County United
Way for sponsoring Kindergarten camp, to Bailly Principal Kevin Zeck for
being principal for elementary summer school this year, and to CHS History
teacher Bob DeRuntz for leading Trailbound.
Pettit also took a
moment to comment on his first day on the job: “On a personal note, today is
my first official day. I’m honored to serve you in this capacity. I do not
come with an agenda or a to do list. I come with an open mind to do what’s
best for the kids.”
“I look forward to
partnering with you and providing a world class education to the children at
Duneland,” Pettit added.
Board member John
Marshall commented that the search for a new superintendent involved a lot
of meetings, interviews, and study over the past six months. Marshall had
high praise for Kroft, specifically: “In negotiating our superintendent’s
contract and getting everything set up, this president like no other has
really stepped up and lead this Board through a very long, arduous process.”
Kroft noted that
Judy Malasto is returning to her position as director of secondary learning
after being Interim Superintendent since December. Kroft thanked Malasto for
her work, and Malasto got a standing ovation from the room. Malasto
responded, “I can’t say enough about what a pleasure it was to serve this
community, our teachers, parents, and students.”