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School board says goodbye to Superintendent Dave Pruis

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

Monday’s meeting of the Duneland School Board was the last for Schools Superintendent Dave Pruis who many of his colleagues feel has made a lasting impact during the 14 years he has been with the school corporation.

Towards the end of the meeting, the board showed a 12-minute video with board members and administrative staff sharing memories and humor and bidding fond farewells to Pruis who will retire on June 30.

“We’re going to miss you as a superintendent, but I’m going to miss you more as a mentor and as a friend,” said Board President Kristin Kroeger. “Thanks for all the yuks and we wish you well.”

Board Vice-President John Marshall said he’s going to “miss the jokes” between himself and Pruis and hopes he is able to enjoy his time with family during retirement.

Board members Ronald Stone and Brandon Kroft appear in the video expressing gratitude for the unending commitment Pruis made to the corporation. “Thanks for all the hard work for the schools we all love and I wish you the best for the future,” Kroft said.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett lamented over not being able to have lunch every day with Pruis and invited him to come visit anytime. Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz said he appreciates all the conversations he and Pruis have had daily.

“The students of Duneland are better because you were here,” Goetz said.

Meanwhile, teacher Bobbi Hall read Pruis a letter from former Schools Superintendent Dirk Baer who had worked with Pruis at Oregon-Davis schools before either of them came to Duneland.

Baer’s letter shared how they became friends as colleagues at Oregon-Davis and how they were reunited at Duneland. Pruis became an assistant superintendent about 2003 after Baer succeeded Duneland Schools’ superintendent Stephen Hewlett.

Pruis was chosen by the school board to take Baer’s place after he retired in 2013. The ten years they worked together at Duneland were “tough” due to funding cuts, Baer said, but he and Pruis fought “to keep people and programs together.”

“Dave, you’ve done a great job for the children of Duneland. The bottom line of the 35 years we’ve known each other is the kids. Along the way you have been a wonderful colleague and an even greater friend,” Baer’s letter said.

Liberty Elementary Principal Christy Jarka wrote an acrostic poem to Pruis using the words Passionate, Reliable, Understanding, Invaluable and Supportive.

“You’ve been someone I’ve respected and admired both professionally and personally,” Jarka told Pruis. “Your contributions to my life will never be forgotten.”

Responding, Pruis said he is grateful for all the friendships he has made in his tenure at Duneland and he will try to visit “as often as time allows.”

“We have a great place. We have awesome students. We have a tremendously supportive community. We’ve got one of the best school boards I’ve ever worked with. The interest is there. The desire is there. The support is there, and there is nobody up here that doesn’t want the best for our kids,” Pruis said.

 

Posted 6/6/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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