Bailly Elementary School will have a new principal in the fall.
At its meeting Wednesday night, the Duneland School Board voted 5-0 to
appoint CHS Assistant Principal Kevin Zeck to the position, opened by the
retirement at the end of the current school year by current Bailly Principal
Zeck worked at Jackson Elementary School and then Westchester Intermediate
School before moving to Chesterton High School as an assistant principal in
2007, Superintendent Dirk Baer said.
“We are very pleased and proud to present his name to the board,” Baer
added. “He brings a lot of skills to the table. And we are very, very
excited to have him.”
“In many ways Chesterton has been my home my entire life,” Zeck said after
his formal appointment. “And I’m very humbled and honored to be able to
continue my service to the Duneland community.”
“My experience at Chesterton High School has been amazing,” Zeck noted. “It
is an amazing team for me to be a part of. The CHS staff has allowed me to
learn on them and with them. And it’s a bittersweet experience to be leaving
because being at the high school has been very important to me.”
Still, Zeck added, “Bailly’s like coming home to me. I have known all my
life I wanted to be involved in teaching. I’m excited to work with the
Bailly staff. They’re a great group of leaders and I’m looking forward to
bringing Bailly to the next step.”
Zeck concluded his comments by urging the community to continue to pray for
Andrew Fant and his family, after Fant, 21, was seriously injured while
bicycling at Purdue University on April 1. Zeck said that his first
parent/student conference ever was with Fant and his folks. “And you never
In other business, the board voted 5-0 to make three teacher appointments:
*Holly Williams, math, CHS. Williams is from Sylvania, Ohio, and graduated
from Albion College. She will also coach swimming at CHS.
*Scott Smith, math, CHS. Smith is a graduate of LaPorte High School and
Taylor University. He most recently taught at the International Christian
School in Lima, Peru.
*Amy Henderlong, science, CHS. Henderlong resides in Valparaiso and
graduated from Purdue University.
The board also took note of the following retirements:
*Mary Jane Hoseman, third-grade teacher at Brummitt Elementary School.
*Jill Green, FACS teacher at CHS.
In addition, Karen Hicks, a first-grade teacher at Yost Elementary School,
has tendered her resignation.
Reading Text, Handwriting Curriculum
Meanwhile, the board voted 5-0 to approve a new reader for Language Arts
K-5: Journeys Common Core 2014, published by Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, a text recommended by the Indiana Department of Education.
The board also approved a new handwriting curriculum for K-5: the
Zaner-Bloser, released by Zaner-Bloser Educational.