Superintendent Dr. Ginger Bolinger had words of reassurance at the School
Board’s meeting Monday night, following the threat made by a CHS student on
a hacked Facebook account to “shoot up the school.”
“I’d like to take a
minute to thank our local law enforcement for swiftly handling the threat
against our high school last night,” said Bolinger, who also praised
parents, students, and faculty who acted to report the threat.
“We will continue
to work with our community to communicate the safety measures we have in
place and continue to put in place,” Bolinger added, and noted that police
officers will continue an elevated presence at CHS over the next few days.
In other business,
Director of Support Services Greg Lindy brought three summer construction
projects before the Board.
The projects, which
members voted to approve:
* The renovation
and relocation of the art room and kindergarten classroom at Bailly
Elementary, $526,500, Gariup Construction.
* An addition to
southeast side of the building at Brummitt Elementary, $196,500, Gariup
* The replacement
of the gym floors at Yost and Jackson Elementary, $153,429, Mr. David’s
The Board asked
Lindy what he knew about Gariup. “They’ve done a lot of work on the schools
before,” he responded, then noted that the gyms at Yost and Jackson are
carpeted and have “big time deterioration.” Board President John Marshall
agreed that the floors are out of shape considering they haven’t been
replaced at least since his son, who is now 27, used to play on them.
highlighted accomplishments from Duneland chess teams, girls’ gymnastics,
girls’ swimming and diving, and Japanese Olympiad Team.
She also noted that
Gov. Eric Holcomb invited girls from Indiana high schools to participate in
the Girls Go CyberStart program to learn about cybersecurity and computer
science. CHS had the highest participation of any Indiana school and was
as well that registration for summer school will start in May, and this year
transportation to and from summer school will be free across the board.
There will also be no cost for attending summer school.
The Board approved
the course description guide for CMS, which includes a few new classes
including offerings in automation and robotics.
Marshall also took
a moment to recognize the Board’s outgoing president, Kristin Kroeger, who
assumed the presidency when Ralph Ayres passed away.
Marshall took note
of some of Kroeger’s accomplishments as president. “She was challenged in
helping to renegotiate a new teacher’s contract that had been sitting for
over six years,” he said. “ Kristin led us though our superintendent search
and the retirement of our past superintendent. She has set a high standard.”