Nearly a year after
West Point Cadet Mitch Winey lost his life in an accident at Fort Hood,
Texas, a veterans memorial will be established at Chesterton High School in
Duneland School Board, Schools Superintendent Dave Pruis said a fund was
created last summer to create a memorial, headed up by a committee of
teachers, veterans, associates of Edmond and Evans Funeral Home in
Chesterton and Mitch’s father, Tim Winey.
The location for
the memorial has been selected, Pruis said, inside the CHS football stadium
between the ticket booth and the stairs on the home side of the grandstand.
An American flag
emblem will be engraved on both sides as well as emblems of each branch of
the United States Armed Forces. The memorial will include the following
words: “In lasting memory of those who attended Duneland area schools and
made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our great nation.”
“The memorial will
be a permanent addition to the (Duneland Schools) Corporation property,”
CHS Principal Jeff
Van Drie said since Winey’s death last June, members of the community began
conversations about having a memorial at the school.
“I think (the
stadium) is a very appropriate location,” said Van Drie. “Mitch was a soccer
player. We had another gentleman (Army Spc. James Butz) that died in combat
in Afghanistan. Both men were both Chesterton students and athletes. Plus, I
think that is where most people will see it.”
Van Drie said that
the memorial is paid for with donations, mainly those collected at Winey’s
The school board
voted unanimously to endorse the memorial and location.
“I think it’s a
nice gesture,” said member Mike Trout.
“I do agree,” said
board president Kristin Kroeger.
In other business,
the school board voted 5-0 to accept bids from Reith Riley Construction, of
Gary, on four projects this summer as recommended by Director of Support
Services Greg Lindy.
include asphalt and concrete resurfacing at the Special Services Center for
$114,971, asphalt resurfacing and seal coating at CHS for $227,554, asphalt
resurfacing along 8th Street at Chesterton Middle School for $12,825 and
playground installation at Liberty Intermediate School for $100,018.
That brings the
grand total to $455,368, Lindy said, and Reith Riley was the lowest
For the playground
at LIS, Lindy said the new location will be behind the school so it will not
be next to the roadway on CR 900 North.
“Right now, the
students are playing on what is like a big open lot on (CR 900N) and we
don’t feel 100 percent comfortable with that so we are putting the
playground behind the building where we don’t have to worry,” Lindy said.
Also, the board
approved the second lowest bid submitted last January for the Yost
Elementary renovation project. The bid was originally awarded to 7Gen
Construction but Lindy said he received a letter informing him that the
company has gone out of business. Joseph Construction will now do the work
for $277,000, which is $18,000 more than 7Gen’s bid, but it is cheaper than
if new bids were sought now, given the time of year, Lindy said.
The School Board
will hold a special meeting this Thursday at 4:45 p.m., inside the Duneland
Administration Center, to approve work on improvements to the CMS swimming
Duneland’s bus replacement plan, the school board approved the purchase of
eight new replacement buses -- six Type C 66-passenger conventional buses
and two Type D 84-passenger pusher buses.
of Transportation Cathy Forszt said the purchase was bid through the Central
Indiana Educational Service Center. IC Bus will be providing the Type C
buses for $491,460 and Kerlin Bus Sales will provide the Type D buses for
$215,472, a combined total of $706,932.
Pruis said the
schools budgeted $802,520 for buses for 2017.
The buses that will
be replaced are 10 years old and were traded in to get a lower price for the
new ones, Forszt said.
Also, the board
unanimously approved new additions to Duneland’s Classified Employee
handbook. Pruis said a section on time clocks will be added, as well as a
table illustration for vacation time and one sentence added to the section
on evaluations for clarification purposes.
employees are employees that don’t have a teaching license.
Yost builds math
At the start of the
meeting, first grade students and teachers from Yost Elementary presented to
the school board their Guided Math program.
Yost Principal Anne
Stillman said the program is designed to meet the needs of students similar
to the Guided Reading program. Classes learn the material as a whole and
then break out into small groups based on their level of skill.
Hennigar said students’ misunderstandings are caught sooner in the groups
and they are able to work at their own level, as well as learning to be
independent because they are responsible for themselves as they rotate.
Simmons showed how he uses blocks of ones, tens and hundreds to do addition.
Donley talked about spiral reviews and reviewing concepts so they stay fresh
in the minds of students. Students Aarohi Agashe and Jackson Clark showed
the board and audience their Math Journals and how they use columns to make
Anderson explained the types of math games the students play. Students Max
Henze and Allyson Yocum showed how they use shapes in their games.
Hawkins talked about the last component which is Math Facts. Students track
their own data for nine weeks and throughout the year. Once they obtain a
goal, they get a math star to put on their shoelace which communicates to
parents the progress their child has made, Hawkins said.
Huffman and Xander Defauw showed how they use Math Facts to help them do
timed addition and subtraction.