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School Superintendent praises law enforcement response to threat

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Duneland Schools 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 Construction.

* The replacement of the gym floors at Yost and Jackson Elementary, $153,429, Mr. David’s Flooring International.

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.

Superintendent’s Comments

Meanwhile, Bolinger 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 awarded $1,500.

Other Business

Bolinger reported 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.”



Posted 3.6.2018




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