Support Services will be doing some holiday shopping as the School Board on
Monday voted 5-0 in favor of tapping $365,000 in the rainy day fund for new
Financial Officer Lynn Kwilasz said that various vehicles and equipment
owned by the school corporation have reached the end of their life cycle and
can no longer be repaired or maintained.
A public hearing
was held for the additional appropriation with $225,000 earmarked for
equipment for grounds and maintenance and $140,000 for vehicles. No one from
the public spoke during the hearing.
Kwilasz said funds
from the schools’ Capital Projects Fund have been used to purchase equipment
but the fund is currently limited due to the repairs and replacement of
roofs and HVAC units at school facilities. The Referendum Fund and General
Fund is designated for student and instructional expenditures so rainy day
funds are the “next logical place to go,” Kwilasz said.
has a balance for $4.7 million in rainy day money.
allocation, Kwilasz said the corporation will purchase a Genie TZ50 trailer
mounted boom lift, a mechanical bus lift, an F550 Dump Truck, a lawn
tractor, a grounds van, a maintenance van, an additional surface mount lift,
a stump grinder, a Kromer infield tractor and a pool van.
Superintendent David Pruis said that the Duneland Athletic Department is
planning to purchase a new scoreboard for the swimming pool at CHS. It will
be purchased through the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, he
The board will be
paid for through the Athletic Department, using money from school athletic
events, which is separate from the schools’ budget, Kwilasz said. But the
funds still must be approved by the school board as required by the State
Board of Accounts.
Director Garry Nallanweg said this is the third time the scoreboard has had
to be replaced. Corrosion was the reason this time and the current XP model
is difficult to repair, he said.
“I want to make
sure our student athletes have the best equipment we can give them and its
time to replace (the scoreboard),” Nallanweg said, adding that CHS does host
some high-profile swimming events.
In other business,
the board approved a new handbook specifically for Duneland’s classified
employees, or employees who are paid an hourly rate such as custodians,
mechanics, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.
Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett said a copy
of the handbook will be uploaded to the Duneland Schools website. It
contains school policies and regulations from the federal and state
The board also gave
its permission to close out the 2016 budget and make necessary adjustments
where necessary. Kwilasz said she will report any changes during the board’s
The board will hold
its reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12. Pruis wished everyone at
the meeting “a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.”
In other comments,
Pruis congratulated the CHS Music Department on its sold-out Madrigal
dinners this past week and to WIS teacher Martha Hiestand for the praised
she received in launching the six-word memoir in her classroom
commended Bailly Elementary which raised $643.08 for Riley Children’s
Hospital during its “Slap a Sticker” fundraiser this year.
In other matters,
the board approved the latest personnel report which included new hires and
In the Duneland
Schools, Gwyn Cirak will work as a custodian, Stacey Mauke as a remediation
aide at Jackson Elementary, Cassandra Dombkowski as a Title 1 aide at Bailly
Elementary, Jennifer Jones as a kitchen helper and Sarah Pistorio and
Elizabeth Sinclair as bus drivers.
positions at CHS, Bryan Nallenweg has been appointed as the head coach for
Boys and Girls Track and Howard Lane will be the volunteer assistant coach.
Adam Schulz will be the CHS assistant Boys Golf coach. John Houseman will be
the coach for 9th Grade Boys Basketball and Jordan Lewis will be the
assistant coach. Sarah Mundell will be the volunteer assistant Wrestling
coach. Jim Socha and Elise Gustafson will be assistant coaches for Girls
month include bus driver John Robert Whitenack, Bailly Elementary Title 1
aide Kyla Bowen and Duneland attendance secretary Suzanne Lawson.