Tonight’s Duneland School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at the Administration
Center, 601 W. Morgan Ave., will feature a presentation from Chesterton High
School administrators on the recommendations for a policy regarding the use
of breathalyzers at school dances.
CHS principal Jeff Van Drie said he will talk about the pilot program
started at last spring’s prom and senior banquet.
The pilot program was approved by the school board with a unanimous 5-0 vote
in April. At that time, then-principal Jim Goetz said he would share the
results of the program with the board and would report back the results
after the summer.
Van Drie said the pilot program is still in effect, as breathalyzers will be
used for this weekend’s CHS Homecoming Dance.
As the policy recommendation stands, Van Drie said mandatory portable breath
tests (PBTs) will be given only at each of three school dances Š Homecoming,
the Winter Dance in January, and the Prom.
CHS administration decided to try the pilot program after the behavior of
several at last year’s homecoming dance who were suspected to have consumed
Van Drie said he knows several other schools around the state who have
recently enacted PBT policy and its becoming a more common practice.
Also tonight, the board and CHS will recognize swim coach Kevin Kinel who
was recently named by the National High School Coaching Association as
National Boys Swimming Coach of the Year.