The Duneland School
Board will grant the sale of a strip of land along County Road 1100 North,
on the north side of Chesterton High School, to the Town of Chesterton for
the Westchester-Liberty Trail.
The board voted 4-1
to sell the land strip to the Town at its appraised value of $34,600.
Dissenting was board member Brandon Kroft, while voting in favor were
members John Marshall, Ronald Stone, Mike Trout, and President Kristin
Chuck Parkinson, whose firm also represents the Town of Chesterton, said the
Town is the developing trail as a project with the Indiana Department of
Transportation. The Westchester-Liberty Trail has been in the works for
years, proposing to connect Dogwood Park with Tamarack Subdivision and
properties several hundred feet west of CR 100 E. When done, it is to have
connections to other trails.
The first phase
will be done with sidewalks on the north side of CR 1100 N from Dogwood Park
to 11th Street. Then the trail will move to the south side of the road along
the high school property for its second phase to the corner of 5th Street
where the Duneland Boys and Girls Club is located.
Stone said he hopes
the project can get started soon as there have been students driving in
where the trail would be and sidewalks will help prevent that.
“It’s been a hot
topic for some time,” he said.
Kroft after the
meeting did not give further comment about his vote.
Also Monday, the
board voted unanimously on the authorization to advertise for bids on
several facility projects lined up for 2017.
Director of Support
Services Greg Lindy said getting the bids in now will “get ahead of schedule
a bit so (staff) can be ready at the end of the school year.”
-- Repairs to the
shingled roof at Westchester Intermediate School, estimated at $133,000.
-- Upgrades to the
HVAC system at Yost Elementary and new classroom doors with security
hardware, estimated at $250,000.
-- Grading, repairs
and underground pipework for the Special Services Center’s asphalt lot,
estimated at $225,000.
-- HVAC balancing,
reconfiguration and other repairs at Jackson Elementary, estimated at
Lindy said the
estimates don’t reflect the true cost of the project. That will be
determined by how the bids come in.
The School Board
approved bonds in early 2015 for facility projects needed to get done.
going on currently include a $55,000 renovation to a bathroom at WIS and
fire alarm replacement at the Special Services Center.
that he “could not be happier” with how good the building conditions are
throughout Duneland with the help of Lindy and his team.
In another action,
the board voted in favor of advertising an appropriation of $365,000 in its
rainy day fund to purchase new equipment for support staff. From the total,
$225,000 would go towards operations, grounds and equipment and $140,000
would be earmarked for vehicles.
for additional appropriations will be posted in the newspaper by the end of
this week, Duneland Schools Superintendent David Pruis said.
CHS class teaches
science teacher Amy Henderlong and students Nick Hanas, Molly Grimes and
Paige Donovan gave the board an in-depth look into their Project Lead the
The class, which is
open to all grades freshman through seniors, will work to solve the case of
the mysterious death of the fictitious “Ana Garcia” whose crime-scene
included blood splatter, a syringe and other objects the team will study.
Project Lead the
Way, which is a non-profit group that develops STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) classes for schools across the nation, offers a series
of classes that can help students interested in a particular field of study
decide which direction they want to focus on for their careers.
“I can definitely
see where it’s going to pay off having it at our school,” said Henderlong.
The class has a
series of labs and hands-on activities to learn how biomedical and forensics
are used in real life.