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John Marshall to lead School Board

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The Duneland School Board elected officers, set its schedule, and revisited board member salaries at its meeting Monday night.

The board elected John Marshall as President, Brandon Kroft as Vice-President, and Ronald Stone as Secretary. Marshall was absent Monday night, so 2017 Board President Kristin Kroeger handed the gavel to Kroft for the remainder of the meeting.

Board members will continue to earn a $2,000 stipend for the year with a per diem rate of $112 for regular meetings and $62 for special meetings. There is no change in the rates.

In 2018, the board will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Administration Center, 601 W Morgan Ave. in Chesterton, with the exception of September. The first Monday of September falls on Labor Day, so that meeting will be held on Sept. 10 at the usual time and location.

The board also determined that Kroeger will replace Marshall as the liaison to the Town of Porter Redevelopment Commission, and Marshall will remain the legislative liaison. Duneland Chief Financial Officer and corporation treasurer Lynn Kwilasz will keep her position again, as will Business Administrator and vice-treasurer Mary Jo Brust. Their positions are bonded for $100,000--the same amount as last year. The corporationís legal counsel, Harris, Welsh & Lukmann, will also remain the same.

Board of Finance Meeting

The Board of Finance convened after the regular school board meeting and elected to have the same officers as the School Board.

The annual investments report, containing a recap of interest earning accounts at five institutions--First Source Bank, U.S. Bank, Centier, Lake City Bank, and Interra Credit Union-- showed that the boardís 2015 decision allowing investments from core balance funds and rainy-day funds is paying off. Three of the corporationís CDs matured in 2017, and the corporationís investments garnered a total of $259,637.46 income from interest.



Posted 1/17/2017




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