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Retirements and hirings announced at Duneland Schools

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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.

Duneland 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.

Another retirement 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.

New appointments 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.

Appointments for 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.

Also, Maggie Wolgamot will be an assistant coach for Girls Track at CHS.

Resignations 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 comments

Duneland Schools 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.

Local State 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.

The Duneland 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 Track.

Legislation wraps up

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 look like.”

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 mentioned.

Buses for 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.

Meeting dates

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.

Kroeger reminded the audience that CHS Graduation Commencement will be Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m.



Posted 4/12/2017




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