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School Board backs Mitch Winey memorial at CHS stadium

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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 his memory.

At Monday’s 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,” Pruis said.

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 memorial service.

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.

Summer projects

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.

The projects 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 responsible bidder.

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 pool.

Bus replacement

Following 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.

Duneland Director 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.

Handbook changes

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.

Classified employees are employees that don’t have a teaching license.

Yost builds math skills

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.

Teacher Heidi 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.

Student Mavrik Simmons showed how he uses blocks of ones, tens and hundreds to do addition.

Teacher Karen 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 number graphs.

Teacher Ashley Anderson explained the types of math games the students play. Students Max Henze and Allyson Yocum showed how they use shapes in their games.

Teacher Tiffany 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.

Students Fiona Huffman and Xander Defauw showed how they use Math Facts to help them do timed addition and subtraction.



Posted 4/11/2017





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