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School Board OKs roofing and door replacement projects

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The Duneland School Board greenlit a number of improvement projects at its meeting last night.

Duneland Director of Support Services Greg Lindy reported he got bids for roofing projects at Yost Elementary and Chesterton Middle School and door replacement at CMS and Bailly.

The Board approved low bidder Korellis Roofing to complete the Yost summer roof project for $100,152. E.C. Babilla was the low bidder for the CMS roof project at $118,157.

Door replacement at Bailly and CMS, which was highlighted as an urgent need in a Facilities Assessment completed by Tria Architecture last year, will be done by Joseph Construction for $396,000. Replacing doors that donít shut tightly is a security concern and part of the Duneland Schools capital plan, according to Lindy. Lindy said Joseph Construction has worked with Duneland before, on projects at Yost.

In other capital improvement business, the Board also gave Nutrition and Wellness Director Tammy Watkins permission to seek quotes for a renovation in the Bailly Elementary kitchen. Currently food at Bailly is brought in from the Liberty campus, and the proposed renovations estimated to cost between $100,000 and $125,000 would make it a full-service kitchen. The project would be paid for from proceeds of the Food Service fund, according to Duneland CFO Lynn Kwilasz.

PR Highlights

Public Relations Director Bridget Martinson made a reminder that Kindergarten Round-up is March 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Martinson also reminded that the CHS Alumni Association is holding a pancake breakfast at Georgeís Gyros from 7 to 10 a.m. on March 14 to help fund student scholarships.

Martinson announced that CHS School Resource Officer Chris Swickard and CHS PE Teacher David Milligan will be hosting a community outreach program for adults about understanding vaping and juuling among teens from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at CHS.

The Duneland Schools corporation-wide art show is also coming up. Martinson said K to 8 students will showcase their art at the Chesterton Art Center during open hours from March 3 until March 14. Students in grades nine to 12 will showcase their art at the Art Center starting March 17 until March 31.

Superintendent/Board Comments

Superintendent Dr. Chip Pettit noted that Liberty Elementary is the third Duneland School to be named a Common Sense school for teaching digital citizenship and congratulated nine robotics teams from Westchester Intermediate and Brummitt Elementary on qualifying for state. He also thanked Ellis Electric and 1st Source Bank for supporting the Teacher and Employee of the Year awards, for which nominations are now closed.

Board Vice-president Ron Stone wished luck to the Valparaiso hockey team, which has six players from Duneland.


Posted 3/3/2020




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