After a career with
Duneland stretching over 40 years, Chesterton High School guidance counselor
Jennifer Thoms will be retiring later this year.
Thoms started as a
home economics teacher in 1976 after spending a year teaching at North
Judson, said Duneland Assistant Superintendent of operations and human
relations Monte Moffett, at Monday’s Duneland School Board meeting. Thoms
later split her time teaching home economics and being a guidance counselor
and eventually became a counselor full-time at CHS.
Moffett said Thoms'
experience brings the total number of years’ experience leaving Duneland
this year to 343.5 years.
Superintendent of Schools Dave Pruis also announced the retirement of
longtime health services supervisor Lorie Skimhorn who has treated Duneland
schoolchildren for more than 20 years. She first started in 1996 as a nurse
for Jackson and Liberty Elementary schools and then later worked at Brummitt.
mentioned in Moffett’s monthly personnel report is that of Duneland Director
of Safety and Security Steve Rohe, who will retire on Jan. 1. Retirements
for the end of this school year include Brummitt Elementary media secretary
Barbara Gonzales, CHS attendance secretary Karen Leonard, CHS instructional
aide Shirley Wallace, and CHS media secretary Judith Thorne.
this month include Bailly Elementary School Aide Sarah McGrogan, RtI aide at
Liberty Elementary School Kristen Sheets, bus drivers Michelle Quiroz and
Kelli Stone and custodian Britney Mitchell.
volunteer coaches of Boys Club Volleyball at Chesterton High School include
Craig Cromwell, Amanda Gough, Rachel Bruinsma, T.R. Harlan, Lexie Bouza,
Morganne Longoria, Emily Campbell, Jamie Lacheta and Tarrah Lasky.
Wolgamot will be an assistant coach for Girls Track at CHS.
include bus driver and kitchen helper Gail Reich, CMS 7th Grade Basketball
coach Luke Starkey, Bailly instructional aide Jodi Thielemann and Liberty
Elementary School RtI Kristen Schnatz.
Superintendent Dave Pruis gave recent highlights on different groups and
individuals around the school corporation.
The CHS Jazz
Ensemble received a gold rating for its performance at the Indiana State
School Music Association Jazz Festival last month.
The Jazz Band will
play at the “All That Jazz” event on Saturday, May 13 in the CHS auditorium
at 7 p.m. and will be performing with world-class musicians.
Representatives Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, and Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City,
honored WDSO at the statehouse this past month with a resolution
congratulating the station for being on air for over 40 years.
Chair for the CHS
Guidance Department Karen Moffett has been selected as a delegate to the
National Association of College Admission Counselors Conference in November.
Education Foundation has partnered with First State Bank in Porter on a
$10,000 scholarship raffle. Each raffle ticket is $25 each and must be
purchased by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, or until all 1,000 tickets are
sold. Tickets can be purchased from a Foundation director. The ticket will
be drawn at the Foundation’s Annual Gala, on April 21, at The Spa in Porter.
Pruis also offered
best wishes for the spring sports seasons that are kicking off this week in
Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis and Boys and Girls
Pruis gave the
legislature report during the meeting, saying the Indiana General Assembly
will be adjourning a week from Friday and there are still bills that would
impact education that are being worked on by conference committees.
One of those
includes the bill for the state’s two-year budget that must be passed, and
another bill which would determine if voters will be continue to elect the
superintendent of public instruction.
Pruis said he is
also watching House Bill 1009 that addresses school financial management.
“It keeps getting amended. We don’t know what the final version is going to
Senate Bill 409,
which has been adopted by both the House and the Senate, moves the start
date for formal collective bargaining from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, Pruis
Rebuilding Together Duneland
The School Board
voted 5-0 on a resolution authorizing the use of Duneland School Buses to
transport volunteers for Rebuilding Together Duneland workday, set for
Saturday, April 29.
Pruis and Board
President Kristin Kroeger said this follows the statutory requirements of
the insurance carrier to provide transportation for the volunteers.
The next school
board meeting will be Monday, May 1, as regularly scheduled.
The board will also
meet for its scheduled meeting in June on the first Monday, June 5, as
opposed to years in the past when the meeting has been moved to avoid
conflict with a Duneland Chamber of Commerce event.
the audience that CHS Graduation Commencement will be Friday, June 2 at 7