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School Board to consider CHS prom breathalyzer proposal

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The Duneland School Board will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the DSC Administration Center, 601 W. Morgan Ave. in Chesterton.

According to the agenda, the board will address the proposal made by Chesterton High School Principal James Goetz at the board’s March 14 meeting to breathalyze students at CHS prom on May 4 and the Senior Banquet scheduled for May 8 as a requirement for admittance.

Goetz asked the board for “guidance” as he and fellow administrators have mulled performing such tests after student behavior at this year’s homecoming dance. Safety is the issue, Goetz said, and the risk factors became too great that the school cancelled its Valentine’s Day dance in February.

As described to the board, breathalyzer stations would be set up at the prom and tests will be given by Duneland Schools staff. If any attendee would test positive for alcohol, the school would issue disciplinary action against him or her and they could face minor consumption charges which would be forwarded to Porter County Juvenile Probation.

The school board took the matter under advisement and told Goetz it will be addressed at the April 10 meeting.

In other business, an appointment will be made for the new Bailly Elementary School Principal. Outgoing Bailly principal Mike Grubb has served in the post for 12 years and has been involved as an educator at Duneland for more than 40 years and coached during many of them.

The board will also look at bids received for the roof repair at Liberty Intermediate School.

Recognitions will be given to the CHS World Languages Department.

Jackson Township Elementary School will be giving the board a presentation.

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Monte Moffett will present personnel reports -- retirements, resignations and new hires. He will also ask the board to adopt reading textbooks for grades K-5.

Duneland Superintendent Dirk Baer will also make comments.


Posted 4/9/2013