The Duneland School
Board unanimously adopted the schools’ 2017 proposed budget on Monday.
Officer Lynn Kwilasz said the budget has been advertised at $67,329,020 but
estimates the budget returned by the Indiana Department of Local Government
Finance early next year will be closer to $66.2 million.
For 2016, the
budget was advertised at $66.3 million and was certified at $65.2 million.
Kwilasz said she
expects the state to cut the Capital Projects fund from $9.4 million to $8.4
million due to the circuit break tax caps and the neutralization for the
pension bonds. The Transportation Operations Fund is also likely to be
reduced from $4.3 million to $4.1 for those same reasons, she said.
Next year will be
the last to make full payments to neutralize the pension bond and there will
be one last payment in 2018 at about half the amount.
The advertised tax
rate for 2017 is $1.0794 per $100 of assessed valuation. Kwilasz said her
actual estimate is $1.0183 or less. For 2016, the advertised rate was
$1.2699 but was certified at $.9880.
The votes to
approve all resolutions for the budget adoption were made 4-0. Absent from
the meeting was board member Ron Stone.
of Support Services Greg Lindy announced that all summer projects are now
complete with the wrap-up of the roof projects at Bailly Elementary and the
high school, new classroom door security features at Westchester
Intermediate, the front entrance at CHS and window replacements and the new
canopy entrance at the middle school.
Lindy said there
are two major projects on the schedule for this fall. There will be a
bathroom renovation at WIS for $55,000 that will be done by Vendramini
Services Center will get a new fire alarm system installed by EMCOR Hyre
Electric Company at $55,764.
Lindy also gave the
board a list of proposed projects to be done next summer with their
shingled roof at WIS, $133,000
-- HVAC renovations
and new security doors at Yost Elementary, $250,000
-- HVAC renovations
at Jackson Elementary, $185,000
restoration for main thoroughfare and front entrance at CHS, $183,000
restoration at Duneland bus barn, $225,000
The projects should
be ready to be bid by Christmas, Lindy said. There is about $1.2 million
left on the bond approved nearly two years ago, which will be enough to
cover costs for the projects listed, he said.
Board member John
Marshall told his colleagues and those in the audience that the Indiana
School Board Association recently met to begin setting its agenda for the
upcoming Indiana General Assembly in January.
Marshall, who is
the legislative liaison for the board, said the ISBA supports the idea of
allowing schools to adjust their schedule at the start and end of their days
for safety purposes, implementing e-learning days, having standardized
testing be shorter at the end of the school year, giving tax credits to
individuals who make donations to public schools and school foundations,
offering more professional development for teachers and allowing school
referendums to go to eight years instead of seven so they can align more
with normal election years.
Marshall said there
were about 94 bills offered on education by legislators last year and there
will be as many for 2017 as well.
“It’s impossible to
follow all of them but I will track the ones that affect us here in Duneland,”
he told the board.
Superintendent Dave Pruis encouraged board members to attend the ISBA Region
1 meeting in Schererville that is scheduled for next Monday.
Comments, Pruis commended Liberty Elementary for promoting Pediatric Cancer
Awareness Month which included a walk-a-thon and raised a total of $1,592
which will be donated to Rusty’s Hope Inc. for pediatric brain cancer
celebrated the National Run @ Work Day and students and staff together ran a
total of 148 miles around the school to promote physical education. The
event was organized by 4th Grade teacher Mike Styles.
CMS will be hosting
its first 5K run and walk on Saturday, Nov. 5 to benefit veterans, donating
the proceeds to Folds of Honor Foundation which gives scholarships for
children and spouses of military members. Registration is $25 before Monday,
Oct. 24 which includes a long-sleeve T-shirt. Online registrations can be
done at www.thtiming.com. Race Day
registration is $30.
Pruis also gave
kudos to the sports teams that have participated in or won championships
including the CHS Boys Soccer team, the Tennis team, and the Girls Golf
congratulated the ten CHS students who were commended in the 2017 National
Merit Scholarship Program announced earlier last week. Commended students
place in the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students entering the
Pruis remarked that
is a significant number of Merit Scholars coming out of CHS. Principal Jeff
Van Drie agreed, “That is a lot.”