The Duneland School
Board is set to start its annual work of setting the school’s budget for
next year with meetings now through October.
members chose dates during Monday’s board meeting based on their
The board and the
public will get a first look at the proposed 2018 budget on Wednesday, Aug.
9, which will also be a regular board meeting.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
is the tentative date for the advertised public hearing on the proposed
Budget adoption is
slated for the school board’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 9.
In other business,
the board welcomed the latest group of teachers hired for next fall.
Principal Kevin Zeck introduced Melissa Cergizan who will be teaching 4th
grade. She has taught at Munster schools for the last ten years, he said.
Margaret Shinn will
teach 2nd grade at Yost Elementary. Introduced by Yost's Principal Ann
Stillman, Shinn is a graduate of Chesterton High School.
School Assistant Principal Brent Martinson said CHS hired two industrial
technology teachers earlier Monday afternoon -- Douglas Pearson from
Schererville who has 30 years of teaching experience and Charles Brennan,
who taught most recently in Michigan City Schools but had been a teacher at
CHS in the late 1990s.
hired this month, according to the personnel report, include Catherine
Lopez-Gonzalez who will teach Business at CHS. At CMS, Jodie Boy will teach
English, Samuel Zucker will teach Science, Kyle Galloway will teach Social
Studies and Maria Nuzzo will teach Math.
At CHS, Liz
Coutroubis will assist with the Natural Helpers program, Melissa Henrichs
will be a media center aide, Melissa Alaniz will be an assistant for the
career center, Jennifer Smoker will be a guidance secretary and Michael
Morrison will be a registrar. Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez and Susan O’Connell
will split the role of business professionals advisor.
Karen Pearson will
be a payroll clerk for Duneland Schools, Stacey Mauke will be a RtI aide at
Jackson Elementary and Alex Allesee and Hannah Quinn will be custodians.
For summer grounds
help, the corporation has hired Christine Bullock and custodians Irene
Ramos, Thomas Cotner and Brian Babcock.
month include CMS English teacher Brady Severs, Bailly 4th grade teacher
Christopher Bell, CHS registrar Carrie Sorrells, Jackson Elementary RtI aide
Leslie Cefali, bus drivers Candace Gerber and Jaclyn Hamlin, CMS English
teacher Janice Nuzzo, CMS Family and Consumer Science teacher Kathryn Evans
and CHS Science Olympiad coaches Jack Neuliep and Kim Stahura.
Retiring are CHS
Industrial Technology teacher Lance Nolting and Brummitt Elementary
administrative assistant Susan Vrska.
At the end of its
meeting, the board surprised Duneland Chief Financial Office Lynn Kwilasz
and Business Manager Mary Jo Brust with certificates for completing the
required courses for the Indiana Association of School Business
Professionals Voluntary Certification Program.
President Kristin Kroeger said 92 hours of instruction is required to
complete the program.
acknowledges the experience and knowledge they both have regarding school
business management. Congratulations to you both,” Kroeger told Kwilasz and
Brust who received applause.
In her first board
meeting as superintendent of Duneland Schools, Ginger Bolinger said she
wanted to recognize all the staff and administrators at Duneland who have
welcomed her and made her arrival easy for her.
“There have been
some very helpful individuals. I welcome all the new teachers as they become
part of the Duneland School Corporation. It’s just great to be here,” she
Bolinger takes the
reins from Dave Pruis who retired on June 30.