The Duneland School
Board plans to review and determine the school corporation’s budget for 2017
at its upcoming meetings, now through October.
The board will
resume regular board meetings on July 13 and Aug. 9. Then on Aug. 22, the
board will meet to see the proposed rates and levies and set the budget for
The public hearing
will take place tentatively on Sept. 12, which will include the tax rates
for the capital projects fund and bus replacement plan. The budget is set
for adoption on Oct. 10, and Oct. 12 is when the corporation intends to have
the budgets and levies in the state’s Gateway system.
In other business
at its meeting Monday, the board agreed 4-0 to reauthorize its investment
policy for the year. The resolution is the same as it has been in years
past, authorizing the school corporation’s investing officer to make
investments having a stated final maturity of at least two years but no more
The total of
investments may not exceed 25 percent of its total portfolio of public
officer may contract with any federally regulated investment advisor or
banks outside the geographical boundaries of the school corporation.
Director Kevin Wilson along with Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and
Instruction Jim Goetz told the board the District Technology Committee will
be meeting in the next few months to discuss ways to further integrate
technology into classrooms.
Wilson said he
hopes to provide professional development for teachers next year on how to
use new technology, asserting there is a “dramatic culture shift.”
One other goal is
to introduce keyboarding to elementary students in 3rd and 4th grade as
state standardized testing will be done on computers.
“We don’t want
students’ scores to suffer because they know the right answer but don’t know
where the letter (keys) are,” said Goetz.
technology skills ahead of time will be more successful than trying to use
technology and learn it at the same time, Wilson said.
“This is something
that is going to take some time and we want to make sure that its done
correctly,” Goetz said.
In other business,
Director of Support Services Greg Lindy gave a slideshow presentation of the
progress made so far on summer projects.
“I see piles of
dirt and gravel all over town,” commented School Board President Kristin
Dirt and gravel are
most visible on Morgan Ave. at the entrance of the middle school where the
new canopy entrance is being installed. Lindy said bases had been poured
Monday morning. The project also includes installing new slanted parking
Inside CMS, Lindy
said crews have been painting and installing new lights.
At the high school,
the front desk has been removed for the new entrance configuration. The
storm sewer replacement is also going well and work is being done now to
refurbish the tennis courts, Lindy said.
The expansion for
the nurse’s area at Liberty Intermediate is underway and the sidewalk
replacement is “moving right along,” he said.
Asphalt work at
Westchester Intermediate is complete and hallways have been painted. Rooms
have been painted, new carpeting installed and bathrooms are being renovated
at Brummitt Elementary.
The main driveway
at Jackson Elementary will be repaved and topped beginning later this week.
Lindy said bathroom
stalls have been replaced at a number of school buildings and added that the
exterior restoration job at the Brown Mansion is also coming along smoothly.
Crews discovered that a basement door in the mansion will need to be
reinforced, he said.
In his comments to
the board, Superintendent of Schools David Pruis said the date set for
graduation commencement next year is Friday, June 2.
Nature will be just as kind to us next year as she was this year,” he said.
Prior to adjourning
the meeting, board member and self-proclaimed “swim fanatic” John Marshall
congratulated the four CHS alums who are competing in trials for the U.S.
Olympic swim team -- Aaron Whitaker, Kyle Whitaker, Blake Pieroni and